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The Impact of an iPod on Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer'sAs Alzheimer’s moves through the brain, its only mission is to find and destroy memories.

The first to go are the most recent ones (i.e. what happened five minutes ago, what one ate for breakfast). Eventually, the memories of the distant past are systematically wiped away like chalk on a blackboard.

Watching a loved one go through this – as I know so many of you have – is painful and too often, agonizingly slow.

But HA HA Alzheimer’s!  Not all of our memories are so easy to find!

Like a home with a secret room buried deep in the earth beneath the foundation, our brains have deep compartments too.

And guess what memories are unknowingly stashed there year after year…

MUSIC MEMORIES.

If you’ve never seen the impact of an iPod on Alzheimer’s, take a look at the video below.

A man who barely talks anymore, after 10 years of battling the disease, comes alive again after listening to his favorite songs on an iPod. What’s more, the impact is sustained even after the music stops.

I can think of a no better way to spend $49.

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  • Maria December 30, 2013, 6:33 AM

    Thanks so much for your feedback. A smart device that can plan music seems like a must for anyone with Alzheimer’s. I don’t see any compelling reason why not to have this.

  • Carol September 15, 2013, 10:33 PM

    I volunteer with Alzheimer’s patients and also have a sister suffering with this. I love these videos. I think music is a wonderful tool for many of them. The head phones seem to make the music better by tuning out everything else.

  • Yuki June 18, 2012, 10:12 AM

    Simply beautiful…

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