September 28, 2014

Now that's planning ahead

Kate Murphy on Nir Barzilai at The New York Times

But also there’s evidence that people with Alzheimer’s respond well to music they know. I’m preparing my Alzheimer’s playlist, which will include the first song I remember hearing in English, Tom Jones’s “Delilah,” as well as some Beatles and The Hollies. And then a lot French songs that were part of Israeli culture when I was growing up — songs by Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf.

I've seen lots about music therapy and Alzheimer's, but this is the first time I've seen anyone talk about building a personal playlist for future care. If I don't take the hint, I at least ought to make sure that my iPod can be located easily.