The Science
of Music in
Memory Care

The Science
of Music in
Memory Care

The Science of Music
in Memory Care

"Music activates neurons in more regions of the brain than almost anything else scientists know of and causes the release of neurochemicals in our brains"

Daniel J. Levitin. This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

Music and Memory Care

Dementia is a group of neurological conditions that cause a decline in brain function, leading to a range of symptoms that can significantly impact a person's quality of life. Although dementia was a rare occurrence before the 20th century due to fewer people living to old age, it has now become a major health concern worldwide.

The most common types of dementia include Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and Lewy Body Dementia, and these can cause a decline in brain function and memory loss. While the risk of developing dementia increases with age, younger people can also develop the condition. Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia are leading factors that can lead to assisted living or nursing facility placement, and the responsibility of care often falls on family members who may be unprepared financially, emotionally, and practically

The image here is from a study that demonstrates the area of the brain responsible for long term music memory which is largely unaffected by the onset of Alzheimer’s. If you are able to access that part of the brain it can act as a prompt to increase stimulation between nerve cells in other areas of the brain which are, due to cognitive decline, working less efficiently..

Published Research

Published Research

University of Toronto

Listening to favourite music improves brain function in Alzheimer’s patients

Oxford Academic

Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Benefits of Regular Musical Activities in Early Dementia: Randomized Controlled Study


Non pharmacological interventions to treat behavioural disturbances in older patients with dementia

BMJ Journals

Music-based therapeutic interventions for people with dementia

The Revolution of AI-driven Music Based Interventions (Ai-MBI’s)

Music therapy, a proven approach for enhancing the lives of those with dementia, is now entering a transformative phase with the emergence of AI-driven music-based interventions (AI-MBIs). Studies have consistently shown that music therapy can improve cognitive functions, mood, and daily activities in individuals with dementia.

Embraced by experts like Oliver Sacks for its unparalleled ability to unlock speech and movement, music is more than just a luxury—it's a lifeline for many neurological patients.

The advent of personalized music listening, supported by AI technology, is revolutionizing this field. AI-MBIs like Vera™ are at the forefront, addressing past challenges of personalization and accessibility.

These advanced tools are not only enhancing traditional therapeutic outcomes but also paving the way for a new era in caregiver support, offering customized, effective solutions for improving memory, mood, and cognitive abilities in those with dementia while also improving the quality of life of the caregiver.

Research References:

Alzheimer's Association. (2021). What is dementia? ****
Vink, A. C., Zuidersma, M., Boersma, F., & de Jonge, P. (2018). The effect of music therapy compared with general recreational activities in reducing agitation in people with dementia: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 61(1), 127-141.
Garrido, S., Stevens, C. J., Chang, E., Dunne, L., Perz, J., & Stevens, J. A. (2018). The use of music playlists for people with dementia: a critical synthesis. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 19(7), 596-601.
Baird, A., Samson, S., & Jaywant, A. (2018). Music listening in dementia care: a systematic review of evidence. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 28(5), 787-806.
A. M. Matziorinis, B. K. Flo, S. Skouras, K. Dahle, A. Henriksen, F. Hausmann, T. T. Sudmann, C. Gold & S. Koelsch (2023). 12-month randomised pilot trial of the Alzheimer’s and music therapy study: a feasibility assessment of music therapy and physical activity in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Pilot and Feasibility Studies volume 9, Article number: 61

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