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Music can be therapy at the end of life

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A study published this month in the journal Brain found that the parts of the brain that respond to music seem to be spared from the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. 

The research provides further evidence of the benefits of music therapy. 

It's a growing field in which a therapist addresses the physical, emotional, cognitive or social needs of a patient by singing, creating and listening to music. 

In collaboration with the program "On Being"  Selena Carlson reports that music therapy has been used in the Twin Cities for quite some time.