Fighting Dementia with Music

Ted McDermontt used to be quite the singer, but at age 79, dementia has taken its toll. One particularly bad day, his son took him on a drive. On the stereo were backing tracks from the songs Ted used to sing. At most, the hope was the music would calm Ted down. But then he started to sing.

This once again demonstrates the therapeutic power or music. (Via The Independent)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Fighting Dementia with Music

  • August 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Yes, music is a good tool for helping to spark memories. LifeSongs recordable scrapbooks work well. They let you record 12 favorite songs. You can order one at

  • September 5, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Writing songs and anything else is a very interesting and motivating process. That is why I think that reading different works and essays can motivate me to write songs and great prose works. Cool article.


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