Music Therapy Helps Cape Cod Seniors' Brains - Sfgate

It was hard not to toe tap and sing along to " The Star Spangled Banner." And that's exactly what many in the room did as an hour flew by. Some of them suffer from dementia and other cognitive impairments that make it difficult to recall even relatives' names. But they knew the words to the songs from their childhoods, LePage said. Music lives in a part of the mind that isn't easily destroyed by dementia, said LePage, who studied music therapy at the Berklee College of Music in Boston after graduating from Provincetown High School . "It's one of the final areas of the brain to go," she said. "Music stays with us for our whole lives." After college, LePage headed to the Bronx for an internship at the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, which is run by the renowned music therapist Dr. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit