Fighting memory loss through music

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — For someone suffering from memory loss, it can help to think about the good old days.

At the Your Home Library in Johnson City Thursday, the Memory Maker Project hosted a group of people to learn about the origins of rock and roll and remember some of the good times growing up.

The Memory Maker Project is a non-profit founded about four years ago that uses the arts and culture to combat the effects of dementia and other related illnesses.

The founder of the organization says that music is especially key to fighting memory loss because it targets a unique part of the brain.

“It actually hits the part of the brain that doesn’t deteriorate throughout the entire dementia process and so we’re able to engage people in a much deeper, meaningful way when the arts are used,” said Christina Muscatello.

The group read from a book designed to help people with memory loss, as well as talked about some of their favorite musical artists and even sang a song or two.

The Memory Maker Project helps about 800 people every year in the Southern Tier.

Josh Rosenblatt

Josh Rosenblatt

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