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Musical memories to make contact with life again

B Feel a girl, a ye-ye girl, who has a lot of pace and who sings in English "." We will sing a rock & roll to the village square "." The moon was already hidden, Luna Lunera, the window, La Piconera, is already open "." What shall we give him, in the boy of the mother, what shall we give him to know him well?"

It is a revelation to know that The ye-ye girl, Rock & # 39; n & # 39; roll on the village square, The Piconeros and The boy of the mother They are oil in a light to stimulate the brain and to revise the memory of people injured by the cruel Alzheimer's disease. We see it in a video in which second-year high school students from Sabadell's La Salut School have contact with some people who have started to lose part of their sentimental heritage.

The sense of satisfaction to have achieved – while carrying out their research work – helps them to improve the quality of life of these people. Dr. Nina Gramunt, neuropsychologist of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation, explains this to me in the context of the ten years of the institution, last night in the auditorium of the Forum.

Gramunt recognizes the important work involved in the interaction with the music of Alzheimer's patients, the possibility to reconnect them with the stimuli of their environment and their past that were important to them. And music tends to be part of the sentimental memory, the imaginary, the memories, the loved ones. "Music activates the brain in a network: the frequency and duration, harmony and rhythm, the letter and its meaning can all contribute to the activation of brain areas and motor functions and therefore awaken emotions and memories", the doctor remarked.

In the same sense, it emphasizes that these kinds of programs from the Foundation respond to prevention dynamics: "Prevention is not only for the disease, but for the affected people, minimizing the impact and improving the quality of life . "

It is fascinating to attend the explanation, to understand the results and the intuitions arising from the Foundation's research and to draw everyone's attention to the fact that the path that has been set up over a decade can be the time. in which Alzheimer's disease is more than a disease without care.

For example, his director, Jordi Camí, explains the importance of the seed planted by Pasqual Maragall when he took a step forward and in 2007 explained that he is diagnosed "a principle of Alzheimer's disease", as well as two years later the first stone of what is now the basis that bears his name. "Maragall has opened windows, has made it possible to speak more naturally about the disease, which is thus conceived and not as a curse."

Camí particularly highlights how important research in prevention is: "When the disease is manifest, we have already done so late." The secret lies, continues, to prevent us from becoming ill. To do this, it is important to look at healthy people, but potentially at high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. These are very long studies that require effort, dedication and investment.

Camí emphasizes the active role of the La Caixa Bank Foundation and the determination of employees and volunteers. The conclusion, for example, of Encarna Tarrés, who has struck the mother by the disease: "If you do not plan to find the solution, you become part of the problem." "If we have managed to live longer than before, it is not logical to live worse than before", Camí concludes.

For his part, Fontngel Font, director of research and strategy of the La Caixa Foundation, emphasizes the importance of philanthropic funding for research projects in knowledge and science, "an indispensable engine for influencing the transformation of society".