MUBIK participates in unique AGEMUS-project to use music as medicine

Mubik Entertainment Ltd. has been accepted as a partner for a Finnish Academy Key project AGEMUS. Project is lead by Dr. Teppo Särkämö from the Helsinki University Cognitive Brain Research Unit.

The target of the project is to seek new tools for stroke patients using music as a medicine during recovery.  

On a long run the Helsinki University scientific team, together with other participants, would like to provide a set of practical tools to advance the utilization of music in supporting cognitive, emotional, and social well-being both in normal ageing and among those suffering from neurological diseases.

The rapid ageing of the population and the increasing prevalence of age-related neurological diseases, especially stroke and dementia, is a massive challenge to the health care system and society. In order to meet the cognitive, emotional, and social rehabilitation needs of the elderly, there is an urgent need for cost-efficient and widely applicable interventions that go beyond the formal rehabilitation regime. 

In his previous research Dr. Särkämö provided pioneering evidence that listening to music on a daily basis can enhance cognitive, emotional, and neural recovery after a sub-acute stroke and that regular singing can support memory and reduce depression in dementia, especially in the early stages of the illness. In AGEMUS, he will put these valuable clinical findings to practice by utilizing them in the development of stroke care practices and broadening the societal impact of music in the ageing population.

Specifically, Mubik has a major role in a subproject where a gamified approach will be used as a cognitive intervention in sub-acute phase of recovery. Mubik has developed a special music collection, the so called AGEMUS Library. This consists of songs from 1930s to 1970s, which will be validated for their emotional impact, familiarity, and autobiographical relevance. The library can be utilized both in research and in stroke and dementia care units.

The AGEMUS project started early 2017 and will last till 2018. The Mubik related sub-project will be performed in active collaboration with the Turku University Hospital Division of Clinical Neuroscience.

 

Espoo 15.6.2017

 

Further information:

CEO Ilkka Räsänen, Mubik Entertainment Ltd., Tel. +358 50 5968201, ilkka.rasanen@mubik.net

Dr. Teppo Särkämö, University of Helsinki, Tel. +358 50 53 99 065, teppo.sarkamo@helsinki.fi

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