Tim Ringgold has said that “our modern society is a breeding ground for addiction.” When we’re stressed, our brains look for soothing in the form of a substance or behavior, which can take many forms, including drugs, technology, food, work, and alcohol. We discuss why music is a powerful, efficient, and effective tool for treating and healing addictions. Tim combines neuroscience, music therapy research, psychology, and his own personal stories in his work and in this powerful conversation.
Music Health’s new music app, Vera, utilizes individualized playlists to stimulate activity in different parts of the brain of those with dementia. This application of music has been shown to enhance lucidity, physical movement, mood, quality of life, and communication; as well as reduce depression, anxiety, stress, agitation, confusion, and pain. We discuss the science behind these developments, the corresponding benefits for caregivers… and how the app got its name!
At Enhance Life with Music AND at Arts for the Health of It, we are passionate about the power of music & arts to enhance healing & wellbeing. Today we join forces on this crossover episode, weaving our two worlds together to create something for our listeners that is greater than the sum of the parts.