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Music and arts stimulate memory, engagement for seniors

Music and arts stimulate memory, engagement for seniors

On a recent afternoon, Mary shared a table, and a peek into her past, with a few other women as she dished about music. It's hard to believe, as she recounts the Ozzy Osbourne concert in Clearwater years ago, that Mary's memory is impaired. Madonna, Sting, Janis Joplin: Each artist brings a smile to her face. Music and other forms of art stimulate older adults with such memory issues, and several programs in Central Florida are putting it to use. Mary, 80, takes part in "Music and Memory," which allows older adults to slip into their own reverie, if not a trip down memory lane. The program is funded by Winter Park Health Foundation and employed at such places as...

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