Here are a few of the results:
It would be interesting to see some of the details of the therapy. The study isn't published yet, but perhaps when it is there might be more information.
- 94% of people with dementia were energised, unstressed, happy and alert for at least 24 hours after an arts session
- The energising effect lasted for up to a week in 60% of participants with dementia
- Visual arts generated the greatest immediate sense of achievement
- Music and dance (both of which have a physical component) demonstrated a significantly longer energising effect than other art forms
- 84% of people with dementia recognised that they had learned new skills.
In the meantime, it remains only to make the necessary observation that some kinds of music might actually lead to dementia! Some examples? Well, sure. Here is a compilation of some "grindcore" bands.
Some of the artists featured include:
I think that prolonged exposure to this sort of thing might well lead to dementia--certainly for me. Reminds me slightly of one person's recommendation to friends with a newborn baby that they play a lot of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. I talked about that here.
Let's end with something to clear the palate. Here is a Chaconne for solo viola da gamba by Marin Marais: