Neuroscientists at George Mason University have found that singing show tunes may help dementia and Alzheimers patients to regain some cognitive skills!
“Before, everyone in the moderate and severe dementia groups had similar cognitive test results respective to their counterparts. After the sessions, those that sang along had more improved scores on both cognitive tasks compared to participants that just listened.”
“The researchers also looked at brain scans of the subjects as they sang or listened to show tunes. The listeners had more activity in the temporal lobe on the right side of the brain, while watching someone else instruct lit up the visual areas. Singing and speaking activated the left side of the brain more.”
At Private Home Care we are glad to hear yet another reason to sing musicals and showtunes! What are your favorites?