Music Therapy and Dementia
For people with neurological diagnoses, neurologic music therapy can provide opportunities for:
- Improving gait (velocity, stride, length, and cadence)
- Decreasing risk of falls
- Regaining language and vocal fluency
- Improving speech intelligibility and breath support
- Increased attention and focus
- Retraining visual neglect
- increasing memory recall
NMT techniques are based on research of how music is perceived in the brain; and thus, how it can be used to impact nonmusical brain function. Neurologic music therapists are trained to use music to regain brain functions that have been lost or impacted by neurologic disease.
Neurologic Music Therapists work with the following populations:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cerebral palsy
American Parkinson’s Disease Association
“Music therapy has proven to be particularly effective for people with Parkinson’s disease. Research in both music therapy and in neuroscience has shown that music can affect function in profound ways. In fact, some neuroscience studies have shown that certain types of music stimulate the production of dopamine and serotonin — two neurotransmitters (chemicals produced by brain cells) that are diminished in PD patients.”
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