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Music as therapy


POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 6:22pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 1:23pm

Music is once again being used as a form of therapy.

Research shows it has a profound effect on your body and mind.

Music proves to alleviate pain, enhance memory, improve communication and a number of different things.

Music also taps into the long term memory of residents at one local Alzheimer's care community.

Catherine Edwards, Faye Gibson and Sandy Whittington are all residents of Emeritus at Pinehurst Alzheimer's Care Community.

Some of their weekly activities consist of arts and crafts, games and musical performances.

Life Enrichment director Cheryl Harris tells KETK music brings back long term memories and taps into good ones.

"They said they could not imagine life without music," said Harris.

Music brings Whittington back to her childhood, singing on the porch with her brother.

"My younger brother played the harmonica so we were just a musical family. We had a good time," said Whittington.

For Edwards, music reminds her of family reunions.

Wind up, having some type of square dance or some type of groove dance we always had a good time."

And singing while her late husband played the guitar.

''He played rhythm, blues spiritual he played everything. He would tell me OK today we are going to have our dancing he said you are on my play."

Gibson, known at Emeritus as granny, music brings back memories of singing in her church.

"I love Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound.''

"You can see it on her face when shes singing she's just in another world," said Harris.

Harris says it's amazing to see the residents happy and so in tune when music fills the room.

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