The iPod as healthcare aid for elderly

In this video you see an elderly man who is almost inert in a nursing home. He is given an iPod containing his favorite music. The man immediately lights up. Sings, rocks, hums. The beneficial effects last even after the iPod is taken away.

We see that a key element is filling the iPod with music that is meaningful to the person.  Medical philosopher Oliver Sachs commenting on the video suggests that music brings people who are “out of it” back “into it.” Back to life. Watch and be amazed at the power of music.

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