Finnish researchers have found that singing can boost the brain function and mood of people with early stage dementia. The study included 89 participants divided into three groups: those who were coached in singing, those who listened to familiar music, and those who received standard care without music. The study lasted ten weeks.
The participants in the singing group showed “improvements in memory, thinking skills, and the ability to move around.”
"Given the increasing global prevalence and burden of dementia and the limited resources in public health care for persons with dementia and their family caregivers, it is important to find alternative ways to maintain and stimulate cognitive, emotional, and social well-being in this population," said study leader Teppo Sarkamo, of the University of Helsinki.