Music on the Brain
Continuing on from ABC Radio’s Music of Memory, Leigh Place was recently featured on ABC’s Catalyst program Music on the Brain.
“If you had to make a playlist of your life, what would be on it? And if, toward the end of your life, your mind and memories were fading away, would this soundtrack help bring them back? Catalyst takes you inside an extraordinary new program which is revealing that personalised playlists can re-awaken the brains of people with advanced dementia … and even allow people with severe Parkinsons to unfreeze and move. Along the way we look more deeply at the power of music in all our lives – why is it so emotional, so memorable and so powerful that even when much of the brain is gone, music can bring it alive?”
To watch this segment online click here.
Music of memory
“Our relationship with music begins at birth, if not before, and plays a role in the formation of our identity when we are young. Now a heart-warming movement called Music & Memory is creating personalised music playlists for residents with dementia in nursing homes—who use their mobile device to hear it. Eyes light up and bodies start to move with the rhythm as the music awakens memories of their forgotten lives. There are hopes that this movement could vastly improve the mood and happiness of many people.”