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Study Finds Music Can Ease Stress In Alzheimer's Patients, Caregivers And Family

Paul Atkinson/KJZZ
file | staff

The effect of music on Alzheimer’s Disease has been considered before, and arts programs have been used in the attempt to help re-open a hidden part of a dementia patient’s brain.

The Phoenix Symphony has taken the connection a step further.

A pilot program started two years ago to look for ways that may help reduce stress in Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers and loved ones. The study was done with 48 people—12 in each of four categories of dementia.

We learned more from Phoenix Symphony President and CEO Jim Ward.

"We, in fact, did reduce stress levels statistically, quantifiably in those patients, in those caregivers, in those familiar members," Ward said.

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.