Music & Memory: Treating Nursing Home Patients With Music

For so many people, the music we listen to from childhood to adulthood is not just something playing in the background, but the bonding of music and memories. Every song is a scribbled note in the margin of a diary and the music of our lives becomes a soundtrack to the emotional scrapbooks we keep in our heads. Some songs have stronger memories attached than others. The obvious ones are tunes that remind us of emotional moments in our lives; romance, happiness, milestones. Some songs remind us of certain days or specific people. The simple playing of a particular tune can open up a page in that scrapbook and we’re suddenly ten or twenty or thirty again, reliving a moment from our lives.

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