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Whether it's the first dance that you're wedding or the theme song of your high school years music can trigger a flood of memories and now.
Scientists mapping the brain say the two are linked in an area that is one of the least affected.
By neurological disease so.
Is the next big breakthrough for alzheimer's patients sitting on their iPods.
Doctor -- seller is a neurologist at NYU Medical Center here in New York practicing your doc thanks for coming in here and I guess anyone -- ever driven in the car and flipped around the dial and found an oldies station.
Can relate to this the idea of music.
Sort of bringing an awful lot of memories talk to us how doctors and are using this as they researched different treatments and perhaps even a cure for alzheimer's.
It's well I don't know this can only to a cure but it is -- concept that could be a novel therapy.
The fact is we have to understand that memory actually has many different components.
We don't just learned by reading.
We also learn by any sensory input that we get could be music can be the smell something and this is -- very interesting study because it actually shows us what normal memory is like.
And the fact that we can tap into.
Long term memory for example is very exciting.
To a stimulus that would normally didn't think about and I think we all can relate to this you smell something a perfume or something that reminds you something or song that reminds you something from the past so it's a very clever technique which.
If done properly might actually help the patient with memory disorder so treatment.
-- -- to take us through this how might it work we mentioned it.
IPods and is that really what we're talking about here.
Putting putting on a headset and letting somebody listen to a song quite thing good that what's really going on here is that this song is.
Connected or associated with something else -- that person's past.
Which is meaningful to them.
So you have to be clever here at the stimulus you pick the song or that type of music involved would have to be something that has meaning to that particular person.
They have to be something pleasant something they'll be productive and obviously what you and I listen to and styles of music.
I mean I'd give us the same reaction so what you really need to know is what does this mean to that person.
In terms of their long term memory from the past.
It's been said.
I've read about alzheimer's is that the real victims are beloved ones the caretakers.
The patients themselves obviously are suffering from the disease but.
Those around them will have to watch them go through this and who can't connect with their loved ones anymore.
Are really are really suffering so much as well.
I imagine that the use of music in this this treatment in this study that we're talking about.
Might be very beneficial.
For those loved ones who who would like to feel like they can do something to give them something that tangible that they can do to help their loved ones even at home.
No question and there's really no downside to this it's safe.
It's pleasant what I think is important scientifically is that.
Rather than us just say well music is pleasant and makes us feel good this real science behind -- where it's not just the music itself.
Who actually digging deeper into that person's memory something made themselves are having trouble accessing.
And making it a pleasant experience something possibly therapeutic.
You know as it on the data we talk about this a new study has come out in California that's taking a look.
That people just didn't actually this is not a national study but the study out of California says the number of people suffering from alzheimer's in California.
Will almost double by the year 2030 why is that well the population is living longer and quite frankly.
Alzheimer's disease is one of those entities that actually as we live longer.
It's more likely to be prevalent just because of the aging process so.
One of the by products of our good health care and living longer is that.
We're going to be more susceptible to things like this which unfortunately is going to be on the rise and it a lot of healthy older people are going to be around as well.
Doctor keeps -- neurologist NYU Medical Center and -- to talk to your doctor -- thanks for being here thanks for having me.
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You know -- yes with a guitar solos than that.
That takes me back to high school that's that's.
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