Physician recommends Music Therapy for treating symptoms of Dementia
Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley shares her mother’s experience with Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) in the October/November issue of Neurology Now.
People with PPA, a rare form of dementia that affects areas of the brain responsible for speech and language, often have trouble finding or understanding words, and because the disease is progressive, communication problems only get worse to the point where they can’t speak, read, write, or understand language.
Dr. Borna Bonakdarpour, ITA’s newest board member and Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, was interviewed for this article and he shared his insight on the use of Music Therapy in treating PPA:
“Music therapy is good for people with aphasia. They can participate on varying levels. In fact, aphasia patients often can sing much better than they can speak … It’s a helpful channel for expression.”
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