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Lectures examine effect of music, technology on dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association has two educational opportunities in the coming weeks for the Middle Peninsula community. Programs will be held virtually for the safety of participants, volunteers, and the community, but registration is required for both. These programs are funded by the Sanders Foundation Fund.

From 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, there will be a lecture on “Music & Dementia.” Music can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease, allowing for self-expression and engagement, even after dementia has progressed. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle stages of the disease. Even in the late-stage Alzheimer’s, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood. Music provides a way to connect, even after verbal communication has become difficult.

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, the lecture will focus on “Technology & Dementia.” The program, which will also be held from 2-3 ...

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