Musical Memories Linked to Better Moods by Study
Via The University of Zurich – “Hearing sounds that are linked to positive experiences from the past can considerably increase well-being, reduce depressive moods and alleviate behavioral problems in people with memory loss, a study by the University of Zurich in cooperation with clinical partners has found. The work with music and memories also benefits the nursing staff and carers involved. Individually tailored music or sounds linked to pleasant experiences can evoke positive feelings in people with dementia.
Memories form a large part of who we are. Sounds and music that are linked to pleasant experiences can evoke positive associations and thus lift our mood – especially for people with memory problems. These are the findings of a study by the Center for Gerontology and the University Research Priority Program “Dynamics of Healthy Aging” at the University of Zurich. Together with various clinical institutions, they investigated the potential benefits for dementia patients of an intervention using aural stimuli based on people’s personal biographies.
“Listening to individually tailored sounds or music that are meaningful to them can evoke positive feelings in people with dementia,” says study leader Sandra Oppikofer. “The sounds help them connect with the people around them, take an interest in their surroundings, and enjoy positive experiences once more.”…