The Memory of Music
Alejandra Ramos, a multimedia journalist from Mexico City, produced the mini-documentary The Memory of Music, which discusses the relationship between music memory and dementia. Research suggests that musical memory may be independent of other memory systems since music involves different parts of the brain. For example, the lyrics of a song can remind us of a specific memory of our childhood or a melody can evoke different feelings.
The idea that musical memory remains in spite of dementia is supported by Carol Rosenstein, wife of Irwin Rosenstein and founder of Music Mends Minds, a nonprofit organization that combines the power of community and music. They develop bands and choirs formed mostly of patients affected by dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.