Health: Music and the Mind

Remember the silly tune from summer camp? The songs that were popular when you were courting? Or the hymn that was sung when your best friend died? Life without music would be pretty dull, and sometimes we lose sight of how powerful melody and rhythm can be in the realm of medicine, particularly with respect to Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.

No one is suggesting that music can reverse Alzheimer's disease or the slow destruction of brain cells that causes it. But this November, as yet another National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month rolls by without a cure, and people continue to...

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