Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Q. What is “music therapy”?
- Q. Are you music therapists?
- Q. Does the Patient need a prescription for your products?
- Q. Are your products a medical product?
- Q. What is Altus Oscillation™?
- Q. Will Altus Oscillation™ put someone in a “trance”?
- Q. What is the difference between listening to your products and the radio?
- Q. What is brain entrainment?
- Q. What is the best way to listen to your products?
- Q. What formats do your products come in?
- Q. What are people saying about your products?
- Q. Can I listen to the music also?
- Q. How do you choose the music?
- Q. How many products does Alzheimer’s Music Connect have available?
Q: What is “music therapy”?
A: Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals. When utilized with patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, music therapy has been shown to have the ability to calm and relax agitated patients.
Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in providing an outlet for the expression of feelings. For the person with Alzheimer’s disease, music therapy provides an avenue for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Music taps into the patient’s remote memories, which are better preserved than their recent memories. Through the careful selection of music from the patient’s past, conversations can be stimulated. Considering the deterioration of speech in people with mid to late stage Alzheimer’s, the impact of music therapy is clear in that it causes spontaneous engagement and human reconnection for the listener.
Q: Are you music therapists?
A: No. Our Company makes no claim to being, or representing our Company, as music therapists, or our products as formal music therapy.
Q: Does the Patient need a prescription for your products?
A: No. Our products are not a medical process or procedure.
Q: Are your products a medical product?
A: No. Our products are non-medical products and they do not require a medical prescription or FDA approval.
The information or products available on this Site and from any linked sites should not be used as a substitute or supplement for any professional medical advice, and in specific, licensed or certified Music Therapists.
This Site does not provide medical advice and neither the information available on this Site nor any e-mail responses to your questions shall create a Physician-Patient relationship or constitute the practice of medicine. If you have medical or health related questions, contact your Physician.
Q: What is Altus Oscillation™?
A: Altus Oscillation™ is our patent pending technical process that enhances the musical listening experience. Using this advanced audio recording technology, we combine calming Alpha waves, already present in the brain, with the ancient mantra OM sound and harmoniously unite them with well-known, recognizable music resulting in a significantly more therapeutic effect than music alone.
Our technology, combined with appropriate music, is capable of stimulating the Care Recipient’s most well preserved memories. The result is a calmer, more receptive Care Recipient who is able to more rapidly make connections and complete thoughts.
Q: Will Altus Oscillation™ put someone in a “trance”?
A: Absolutely not. The technology utilizes a well-known process called entrainment, which is the synchronization of two or more rhythmic cycles.
Q: What is brain entrainment?
A: Brainwave Entrainment refers to the brain’s electrical response to rhythmic sensory stimulation, such as pulses of sound.
When the brain is presented with a rhythmic stimulus, such as a drum beat for example, the rhythm is reproduced in the brain in the form of electrical impulses. If the rhythm becomes fast and consistent enough, it can start to resemble the natural internal rhythms of the brain, called brainwaves. When this happens, the brain responds by synchronizing its own electric cycles to the same rhythm. This is commonly called the Frequency Following Response.
The example below indicates the response to the brain’s exposure to Alpha waves, which are connected to a relaxed mental state.
As an Altus Oscillation enhanced music listening session progresses, the frequency rate of these pulses is changed slowly, thereby changing the Alzheimer’s patient’s brainwave patterns and guiding their mind to a more relaxed state.
Q: What is the difference between listening to your products and the radio?
A: Simply put, the music being played by a radio station or streaming audio company such as Pandora or Spotify is not technologically enhanced by Altus Oscillation.
Q: What is the best way to listen to your products?
A: Please read Advice for Listening for more information.
Q. What formats do your products come in?
A. Caregivers in our in-depth surveys overwhelmingly chose Compact Discs over digital downloads. Their reasons included ease of use (for both Patient and Caregiver), listening comfort (through speakers, rather than earbuds or headphones). However, all of our products are available as downloads as well, if that is your preference.
Q: Can I listen to the music also?
A: Of course!
Q: How do you choose the music?
A: Unlike any product currently available, Alzheimer’s Music Connect utilizes the same proven music research techniques used by radio stations across the country. Research has indicated that for a majority of people musical memories are formed near the ages of 8 – to 20 years old. Based on that model, we determine the familiarity, popularity and likeability of each music selection to be offered in the package. Therefore, the music selections that we would find most suitable for Patients +70-years of age would begin sometime in the early 40’s and extend into the mid 50’s.