Music for Life's Journey: The Capacity of Music in Dementia Care

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Abstract

Music is a powerful medium. Its effects can invigorate or calm us, excite and persuade us, inspire us, and lift our spirits especially when we are cognitively impaired or facing end of life. It may even be that in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, musical memory is spared. Music has the capacity to be a means of connecting, communicating, companioning, and preserving the self along the long, dark journey.

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