Behind every song, there is a story – and we intend to share them.
Considered by many as one of the most dehabilitating mental illnesses known to man, Alzheimer’s disease can cripple even the most strong and agile of minds. Known as a form of dementia, it can leave sufferers helpless, confused and vulnerable as they often, if not permanently, loose important and vital memories. From forgetting where they live to struggling to recall the names of their children, patients of Alzheimer’s often feel alone in a world of hazy and muddled memories. I know this because my Grandmother suffers from the disease.
My Grandmother, Ellen, often struggles with recalling recently gathered information and whilst the disease is only in its early stages, the effects impact on my her life considerably. Even something as simple as remembering what see ate for breakfast is an excruciatingly difficult thought for her to grasp. Luckily, past memories of hers are still very much at the forefront of her mind. She has no problem telling us how she drove down straight from Adelaide to see the birth my twin brother and I, or recollecting how my father once almost slept-walked off the side of a P&O holiday cruse ship they were staying on. Those memories, thankfully, still have the capacity to maker her smile. However, not all are that lucky.
Through my Nanna’s struggles, I became aware of the Music and Memory foundation, an organisation that aims to bring personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. As proved in prior studies, music has been seen to have an amazing effect on our memory recall, and as such the Music and Memory team decided to create a short documentary to exhibit just how powerful music is at helping us to remember. It’s power, as seen in the below video, is heartwarmingly magical. I can only hope that a little bit of music can brighten the often dark world of Alzheimer’s sufferers everywhere.