Alzheimer’s currently affects an estimated 46.8 million people worldwide. As the population ages, this number is estimated to double every 20 years. There is considerable interest in finding easy access ways to treat symptoms, and for maintaining the quality of life of affected individuals. Listening to music may be one way of addressing cognitive difficulties associated with Alzheimer’s, especially problems with memory.
Sometimes it feels like music sticks to our memories particularly well, or our memories stick to the music. Why is music such a powerful trigger for memory? Are the memories of our life events involving music somehow different from other memories of the past?