She was happy when she sang and music made her happy again when she felt sad.
My mother Bridie, suffered a stroke, which induced aphasia, which is a difficulty understanding words.
Practically every part of the brain is involved while listening, playing, reading and creating music.
It affects both sides of the brain at once thus allowing the brain to concentrate more easily.
I find this interesting as music can awaken memories of one’s specific location in time and place when played.
The brain contains hormones ‘A hormone is a chemical the body produces that controls and regulates certain activities in cells or organs’.
She could however vocalise two words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’, but they were not always appropriately placed in her responses.
She also had paralysis of the right side of her body which meant the left side of her brain was damaged. The first morning following her arrival home from hospital was most memorable.
Music is a universal language that can be understood by all humans it – ‘dynamically engages the emotional and spiritual part of being human’ It offers comfort and therapy to those suffering conditions such as brain damage, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, autism and depression.
Music can have a profound influence on mood, potentially elevating the positive aspects of mood, such as vigour, excitement and happiness, and reducing depression, tension, fatigue, anger and confusion.