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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) With advanced Alzheimer disease, language deteriorates and patients spontaneously speak less and less. In a small study from Israel, group music therapy sessions using tailored songs helped people cheap Canada Goose with middle to late stage Alzheimer strike up communication.

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For the study, six patients ages 65 to 83 attended group music therapy sessions twice a week for a month. Four of the patients were born in Israel; the other two were born in Eastern Europe and canada goose clearance immigrated to Israel in their early teens.

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canada goose outlet in usa The music sessions led to spontaneous conversations about the songs, memories the songs triggered and about the act of singing as a group. Some participants talked about life on the Kibbutz many decades ago, or about learning certain songs in school with their music teachers. Others expressed pride at being able to remember lyrics to the songs canada goose uk outlet and participating as part of a group. canada goose outlet in usa

canada goose outlet new york city Dassa published the study in the Journal of Music Therapy as part of her doctoral dissertation with the help buy canada goose jacket cheap of her advisor, Dorit Amir, in the music department of Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. canada goose outlet new york city

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idea that they are part of something is very important to people with Alzheimer she said. lose canada goose outlet their sense of self. Their self esteem is very low.

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canada goose outlet uk sale She has Canada Goose Online seen people who couldn speak or communicate in any way suddenly start singing, she said. The study was inspired by one particular example: she sang to an older woman who was unable to communicate but would scream a mix of Hebrew and English. The Canada Goose Outlet woman couldn sing along, but she quieted and made canada goose eye contact. canada goose outlet uk sale

As Dassa finished singing, the patient said, a beautiful song.

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