Singing Hits a High Note for Folks With Early Dementia

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Here’s something to croon about: Singing can boost the brain function and mood of people with early stage dementia, Finnish researchers report.

The study included 89 people with mild to moderate dementia. For 10 weeks, they were either coached in singing, listened to familiar songs, or received standard care from their caregivers.

Those in the singing group showed improvements in memory, thinking skills and the ability to find their way around. This was especially true for those younger than 80 with mild dementia, the study found.

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