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Sunday, February 17, 2013

How Important is Music to the Boomers, or Anyone for that Matter?

This entire blog is about how certain songs in our lives have helped us to remember different times, be it happy, sad, or otherwise. Songs evoke feelings when we hear them for the first time, but more importantly, certain songs that we really like, that we associate with certain moods will haunt us for the rest of our lives—not necessarily in a bad way--actually, not in a bad way at all.

Studies have been done on Alzheimer’s patients wherein music is played to evoke emotions. It was found that music from a person’s early adult years, i.e. 18-25, get the strongest responses and greater instance of engagement.

While the study doesn’t specify exactly which songs evoke the strongest reactions, I can pretty well bet when a Led Zeppelin or Beatles, or Jefferson Airplane song is played for an Alzheimer’s patient, even in the last stages of the illness, a sparkle will come to their eyes and they’ll remember just why the 60’s were such an incredible time to be alive.

This is for all of us…to help us remember and to share those memories while we still can.

Enjoy the trip.

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