Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer’s darkness: ‘So much we can do to improve quality of life’

Music therapy study

An audience of patients with Alzheimer’s disease listens in rapt attention as a young woman sings the French song “Beau Soir.” Despite his failing mind, one of the men in the crowd, Les Dean, translates the words into English for a friend.

“See how the setting sun paints a river with roses,” he whispers. “Tremulous vision floats over fields of grain.”

And when the audience joins in a singalong on another tune, Dean’s voice rumbles in a resonant baritone, “Take my hand, I’m a stranger in paradise. All lost in a wonderland, a stranger in paradise.”

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