Music Therapy to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Music Therapy to Treat Alzheimer Disease

Researchers have discovered that Kirtan Kriya meditation and music listening, positively impacts the cognitive outcomes for people suffering from subjective cognitive decline.

It has been proved over the years that therapies such as deep brain stimulation helps treat the cognitive condition of people suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. This has led to an increasing demand for such devices stimulating certain areas of the brain, as per deep brain stimulation devices market report published by Coherent Market Insights.

Unhealthy aging is usually indicates that subjective cognitive decline (SCD) could represent a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

A team of researchers from West Virginia University in Morgantown aimed to assess the effects of two mind-body practices—Kirtan Kriya meditation and music. Kriya Kirtan is a form of yoga meditation, which combines focused breathing practices, singing or chanting, finger movements, and visualization. This type of meditation is said to stimulate all the senses of an individual and the associated brain areas. It has been reported that 12 minutes of this practice enables clear thinking, improved memory retrieval, improved sleep quality, reduced stress, as well as improved focus and psychological health.

Listening to music provides behavioral and emotional benefits, especially for Alzheimer’s patients.

In Alzheimer’s, the area of the brain that stores memory is left undamaged. Music was significantly associated with events or emotions, which has the potential to evoke a response long after memory declines.  Music therapy thus, reduces stress, anxiety, and agitation for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, further enhancing mood and stimulating positive interactions facilitate cognitive function, as well as enhancing motor movement coordination.

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