Reminiscing....A Favorite Pastime

Everyone loves reminiscing about the good old days.  We all have special memories of that first love, a summer vacation,  a favorite game we played  or holiday traditions.  Studies show that elderly adults will benefit from sharing stories and memories with family friends.  Talking about their childhood or career will make them feel alive, worthy and may even lengthen their lives.    Alzheimer's patients may also benefit from reminiscing.    Generally speaking, the long term memory of an Alzheimer's patient stays very much intact.  It is the short term memory that may be non-existent.  Your loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's may remember what song they danced to at their wedding in 1948, but cannot remember what they had for breakfast yesterday.  Reminiscing Therapy is very comforting and calming  to the Alzheimer's patients.   Music Therapy is also a wonderful way to stimulate an Alzheimer's patient.  An Alzheimer's patient may not be able to communicate however,  listening to music from their era will stimulate their long term memory.  Music triggers memories in each of us not just those diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  I bet if you hear a song from 20 years ago - you have a distinct memory that you associate with that song.  And most certainly you sing along and know every word.  Yet, we can easily forget a password we created for an email account.  Some memories never fade.  Visit www.reminisce.com to sign up for a free newsletter from Reminisce, a top selling nostalgia magazine - bringing back memories from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60's and early 70's.  Enjoy!