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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The power of music

I recently saw this clip on Facebook. It shows the power of music in people with dementia.
I've witnessed similar things, in people that are no longer able to talk, but can sing along when they hear a hymn they knew years ago, or a big smile when they hear an old song played on the piano.
Check out this heartwarming video!


9 comments:

chezzy louise said...

I see that at the nursing home I work at as well. There is a lady that is always singing old hymns. It is really adorable.

Mari G said...

I would have so much fun caring for Henry. I love old people. :o)

Pat said...

How deeply moving. Music is so powerful.
I witnessed my Aunt do the same thing. There were many family she didn't recognize, but the hymns she knew never left her.

Maple Lane said...

This is so very heartwarming and something that I witnessed with both my late parents.
God bless you this weekend.

Laurie said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I love music so much and hope that if I'm ever in Henry's position, I will react the same. Like Pat said, music is SO powerful!

Anita said...

Fascinating! I watched the entire video with hopes of remembering what I saw in case I need to share music, some day, with someone else afflicted with these types of diseases.

Jenny the Pirate said...

Fascinating and wonderful. I love music too. I hope when my mind is nearly gone that I still can hear and enjoy it! Thanks for that, Mari.

Kim said...

That was certainly the case for my FIL. He played his baritone every Sunday during the hymn time, right up until he had a stroke and couldn't play any more. He couldn't remember who anyone was, was pretty much unresponsive to just about everything, except music. Amazing how we store music in a different part of our brain, and when all other forms of communication are lost, we still have that.

Sandee said...

That was most heartwarming indeed. He came alive with music. Hubby watched it with me. Made us both smile.

Have a great day. :)