Music Memory is Remarkably Preserved
a note from SPARK co-founder Dr. Rudy Tanzi
Our brains are emotionally stimulated to become more aware with greater activity when we hear the music we loved the most, especially between the ages of 13 and 25 years old. SPARK Memories Radio is intended to provide playlists of such music for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients of different ages to improve mood and heighten awareness – at all stages of the Alzheimer’s and dementia. Regardless of the stage of an Alzheimer’s/dementia patient, SPARK Memories Radio is intended to positively affect the quality of life of both the Patient and Caregiver.
In the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, the patient may be suffering from irritability, depression, frustration – we hope that SPARK Memories Radio will stimulate brain activity allow them to relax, have some fun, or even experience a heightened sense of awareness as they enjoy listening to the music they bonded with while growing up. It will also be a great activity for you to enjoy with the patient you care for – perhaps your loved one – and spark memories that you can share with one another.
In later stages of the disease, the patient may be suffering from anger, agitation, or even delusions and paranoia. We hope that SPARK Memories Radio will help them to calm down and relax as they enjoy the music they grew up with and loved.
For patients in the latest stages of the disease, when they may recognize few if any people, we hope that SPARK Memories Radio will awaken synaptic brain brain activity perhaps even allowing for some moments of lucidity and recognition of their surroundings and those they love.
All in all, at every stage of Alzheimer’s or dementia, we hope that through the power of music, SPARK Memories Radio will improve the quality of life for the patient as well as their caregivers and loved ones. Click this link to see Dr. Tanzi and Chris Mann speak and sing at Tedx Natick in a presentation entitled “Curing Alzheimer’s with Science and Song”