Henry has advanced dementia. He sits all day, unresponsive, slumped over in his wheelchair in the nursing home. He does not even recognize his own daughter when she talks to him.
When they place the earphones on his head and play some of his favorite music from his iPod, something beautiful happens. His eyes grow wide with excitement. Henry comes alive!
More beautiful still is the that the livening effects of the music do not stop after the earphones are taken off. Before hearing the music, Henry could not answer simple yes or no questions; after hearing the music, that sparkle lingers in Henry’s eye. He wants to sing and dance, and talk about love.
The clip featuring Henry is part of a documentary about the Music and Memory Project. You can read more the about this project and the therapeutic benefits of personalized music by here.