Feature: Japan looks to music therapy as population grays

February 3, 2016 12:08 pm 

TOKYO, Jan. 31 — As Japan's population grays and diseases of aging increase, some hospitals and municipalities are introducing "music therapy" as a way to help patients living with dementia.

Experts believe that that music has the power to give relief from pain and bring back memories.

In the United States, the profession of music therapy dates back to World War I, when it developed as a way to help soldiers suffering from traumatic war injuries.

According to the Japanese Music Therapy Association, music therapy is aimed at reversing physical and mental dysfunctions as well as improving quality of life. (PNA/Kyodo)

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