I usually work with small children, but I saw this article on Huffington post and thought it was worth sharing.

Those of us who work extensively in musical therapy know the power music has on the mind and body. Now, a new nonprofit Music Is Our Weapon is supporting this by collecting music-playing devices via donations from individuals and businesses and giving them away to nursing home patients, especially those with Alzheimer’s Disease. The nonprofit personalizes the playlists for the patients who will receive the gift.

Alzheimer’s and dementia are degenerative diseases that cause progressive memory loss and cognitive issues. The American Psychological Association supports claims that Alzheimer’s patients can benefit from music therapy.

When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements, says the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s website.

This is such a wonderful idea. Kudos to Music is Our Weapon.

Read more of the good work Music is Our Weapon is doing here.

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