Studies have shown that listening to familiar music can significantly improve mood and alertness, reduce agitation, and can help with a number of behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the disease. Even in the late-stages of Alzheimer’s a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood.
Top 10s for Memory
Even though individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments may not recall the name of a particular song or why they know it, they convey a sense of “knowing” through their responses of increased attention, positive affect and reduced agitation. Here’s a list of the top 10 songs of different genres and era’s:
Free guide to creating a personalized playlist:
Additional link from the Alzheimer’s Foundation on the benefits of music and memory
Music Therapist in Utah: