Music: Treatment for Dementia (video)
There have been people living with advanced dementia in every nursing home I’ve been in. They sit silently in chairs and recliners, lining the hallways or packed into the day room, where the TV creates the illusion of a pastime. This residents often seem unreachable, locked in their own private worlds, not responding to questions or efforts to involve them in activities. What if we could bring them alive again through music? In this video, Oliver Sacks, MD, provides commentary as music transforms a man with dementia. The clip is part of the documentary, Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory.