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Music and Memory

Amongst the many New Years wishes of a productive and happy year, this inspiring video found its way onto my facebook newstream. It will surely bring a smile to your face, and is a perfect reminder of the spirit that lives on inside as we age:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfFrCUrEbY

This video of the power of music on mood and memory is a timely reminder of the powerful documentary "Alive Inside" by Michael Rossato-Bennett. This documentary is discussed in a previous blog here:

http://www.stebnerassociates.com/blog/2014/12/finding-inspiration.shtml

...and can be purchased here: http://tinyurl.com/aliveinsidedvd

We don't hear enough music playing in nursing homes, even given the research showing the connection between the parts of the brain that respond to music and the parts of the brain that control memory and mood. Listen to the late neurologist Oliver Sacks on this connection:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdYplKQ4JBc

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