1. Henry Holland says

    Awesome. I could deal with going blind or losing a limb, but I’d prefer death to not being able to hear music.

  2. Greg says

    I wish I’d thought of using music with my husband’s late father…it would have given us a chance to hold onto to him longer….RIP Paul

  3. Billy says

    I love current music but I can not imagine listening to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face (or for slightly older Madonna’s Vogue) when I’m in my 80s. I wonder what we will listen to. Will we consider current music oldies but goldies?

  4. Mike in the Tundra says

    @Tim – WTF?

    I volunteer at a nursing home, and a good deal of my time is spent on the dementia unit. They use music quite a bit. The recreation department even has a rhythm band they bring to the unit. When the TV is turned on, a few residents pay attention to it, but music seems to involve all the residents.

  5. says

    Great story. Makes me very glad that I brought music (through a 2nd generation iPod) to my father’s deathbed—music that he loved.

  6. Alexx says

    I work in a a nursing home as a therapeutic recreation therapist; this has been known for a long time. Residents can be in the end stages of Alzheimer’s and music is the only thing that will calm them.

    It kinda disgusts me that this hasn’t been common knowledge for at least a decade, but it just shows how much the world prefers to “forget” about the elderly. I supposed its better that it gets some exposure at least.

  7. NVTodd says

    Alexx : This wasn’t news to me either, I’ve seen TV show theme music have a big impact as well as classical and pop on the elderly with Alzheimer’s.

  8. pitluver says

    i was a personal caregiver for my grandmother who was diagnosed with dementia. when i found out she used to listen to Mario Lanza when she was younger, i started playing some which brought back a flood of memories. sometimes, it was a good experience, and sometimes it didn’t work out so well. every Alzheimer’s and dementia patient are different in their reaction and understanding. what a beautiful video.