Musical interaction brings harmony to dementia patients

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Helen Pidd writes:  Musical interaction brings harmony to dementia patients.

Vera and Jack Burrows met as teenagers. "Childhood sweethearts," said Vera, brightly. "Then he dumped me when I was 17 and married someone else and we didn't see each other for 54 years. We were at a dance and he said: 'Is that you, Vera? I can recognise you from your thick ankles!'"

Despite this risky chat-up line, the pair were engaged within four months of their reunion – after Jack split up with three other lady friends. (Vera: "He used to buy them identical Christmas presents so he didn't get them mixed up.")

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