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MUSICAL STIMULATION and memory: “alive inside”

April 14, 2012

I subscribe to Oliver Sacks’ (the neurologist) website. He is a man of great wisdom. I receive monthly emails which always contain something interesting.  I have read all his books. In his book on the importance of music,  “Musicophylia”,  he has written

Music can be more therapeutic than any medication. Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.”

Oliver Sacks

This month Dr Sacks takes us to YouTube  (click here) where he demonstrates the enormous power of music as stimulation for a 94-year-old man. You can see the old man, Henry, brought to life. He becomes animated and speaks with energy and passion… he reconnects with his past self……the good times. The clip is from a documentary “Alive Inside” by  Michael Rossato-Bennet  which will be  premiered next week in New York.

The iPod

I expect you are already familiar with the 1998 movie based on Oliver Sacks’ work in the 1960s called “Awakenings” starring Robin Williams where patients in a catatonic state are awakened (but only for a time.) This documentary shows the same effect through music and an iPod! How great is that!

My 100th post

94 year-old Henry after hearing his music

This is my 100th post on my website and a great way to celebrate with the power of music for healing and the power of great technology. If you can contribute an iPod or want to know more go to Music and Memory http://www.musicandmemory.org/index.html

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 20, 2013 7:08 am

    I wanted to thank you for this very good read!! I definitely loved every bit of it.
    I have got you book-marked to check out new stuff
    you post…

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