The power of music

Music can be a powerful source of joy and comfort for people with dementia and for those around them. When words fail, music provides a way for the person with dementia to connect with others and engage with memories and emotions. Watch the videos below to witness the profound effect that music can have on quality of life for everyone affected by dementia.


The Alzheimer Society created the video, "When words fail, music speaks" to show the positive impact of music:

This video, released at the Alzheimer's Disease International Conference in March 2011, in Toronto, won a 2011 Telly Award for best online video at the 32nd annual Telly Awards.

See just how effective the power of music is in this excerpt from the documentary 'Alive Inside', where music brings back memories to a patient with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Last Updated: 12/05/2013