Next time, reach for the music – Ashland Daily Tidings

Many people know that listening to music can lower blood pressure, slow heart rate, deepen breathing, lessen pain, reduce stress and generally improve one’s sense of well-being. Such documentary films as “Alive Inside” have demonstrated the power of music to lift the fog of Alzheimer’s and dementia. People literally “come back” — they are able to recognize loved ones and function with some of their former verve and vitality.

Music affects emotions and moods. Music can bring us to tears, make us laugh and lift our spirits. It’s readily available, relatively inexpensive and has no known side effects. And yet, too often, we forget to turn it on — or if we do turn it on, we actually forget to listen. Music becomes a background noise rather that the “musical elixir” that it can truly be.

Let’s change that. Set aside some time to…

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