Can music help dementia patients gain some lucidity?
If nothing else I think music has a great way of cementing people into a healthy mind set. Where the present is full of doubt and of fear, music can transport the patient back to a time where everything seemed possible.
Music and parkinsonism is an interesting blend, like a shot of l-dopa, music has the remarkable ability to cement the patient back into themselves. Oliver Sacks the late, great neuropsychiatrist spoke to the efficacy of music both in Awakenings and later musicophiia.