Former opera singer Linda Maguire proves that music can heal dementia & other disorders
Internationally famous musician Linda Maguire has had a career that ranges over 20 years. She is still performing but has turned her musical skills in another direction.
Maguire recently acquired degrees in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, as well as health science and gerontology. She recently published a study that shows that music can improve mood, behavior, and cognition.
The study was done on 45 patients with either Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia. Participants sang songs that Maguire selected during therapy. These included songs from The Sound of Music and the Wizard of Oz.
After four months of singing the songs chosen by Maguire, the people who were tested showed remarkable improvements in cognitive skills.
There is no cure for Alzheimer's even after decades of research. However, after four months of Maguire's singing regimen, these subjects showed a substantial change.
Many studies have shown that music can have a positive influence in heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, cortisol, dopamine, and melatonin levels.
Over the past few years, studies have also shown that music can effectively treat conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, chronic pain, Parkinson's, autism, and more.
While performing music has definite benefits, even listening to music can help the brain function better.