The Keynote Address of the 2016 ASET Annual Conference is based on the documentary movie, “Alive Inside” which was the most awarded docu-drama of 2014, including the Sundance Film Festival. This inspirational topic reveals the amazing improvement in Alzheimer’s patients when they are able to listen to music that has meaning for them. An organization has been created to enable as many patients as possible to have access to an I-Pod and recorded music. Robin is a member of this organization and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She discussed the neurophysiology of music in the brain, and the many areas of the brain that are involved in processing music and the relationship to memory. She demonstrated the remarkable change in the patients listening to music with video clips and stories. Many neurodiagnostic technologists perform tests on dementia patients and may benefit from incorporating this technique in the lab environment. Even if you work in another area of neurodiagnostics, it is likely that you know a person suffering from Alzheimer’s, or will in the future! Statistics reveal that 1 in 9 Americans over 65 have been diagnosed with this disease.
Author: Robin Lombardo, CTRS, CDP