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Music App for Dementia Patients

Drug Store News

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Music Health's music wellness app, Vera, is now available through Walgreens Find Care to provide people living with different forms of dementia with convenient and affordable access to personalized music from their computers and smart devices. Vera is a new app that supports caregivers by offering the person in their care a custom-made “soundtrack of their lives” that can trigger long-lost memories, which may temporarily improve cognitive function, motor function, mood and sleep, while reducing agitation, aggression and other negative symptoms of dementia, the company said. Using AI technology, Vera discovers the soundtrack of someone’s life by combining information about their cultural background (such as where they grew up, their age and first language), with details about their music taste, such as a few favorite artists and genres. A recent study published in Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders found that using music therapy helped improve social engagement among people with dementia and their caregivers. The intervention also lowered caregiver distress.

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