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Why Texas is Funding This Unorthodox Alzheimer’s Treatment‏

Ninety five year-old Niels Nielsen is a life-long fan of sermons and symphonies, and one of his most prized possessions is his red iPod Shuffle. The iPod was furnished by Music & Memory, a program which provides sufferers of Alzheimer’s with personalized music. Since he and 15 others at the Holly Hall, one of 32 Texas nursing homes which is using Music & Memory, began using the program their reliance on antipsychotic drugs has been significantly reduced.

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“The goal is that once they have been introduced to the music, whatever behaviors were warranting the use of anti-psychotics will begin to be reduced, eventually coming off of those medicines completely,” said Michelle Dionne-Vahalik, director of quality monitoring program for the state department. “Because the music and memory program is replacing that medication intervention with a musical therapeutic intervention.”

Because of the program’s success, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services announced this month that Music & Memory will be expanded to more than 400 Texas nursing home facilities by April 2018.

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