Our show last week, “Music On Your Mind,” stirred powerful reactions from many listeners. Some related to working with or caregiving for someone with memory loss. Others were heartened by the encouragement to take up a new instrument later in life, or, to just start singing, whatever your age. Here’s some of what we heard.
“I just listened to your piece on music arts and aging. It was wonderful! All your stuff is great but this really resonated with me. However, I am not taking up the cello! Such good work is going on. I’m wondering what the songs of my gen will be singing- Rolling Stones ? Joni Mitchell ? It’s funny to think about. Anyway, thank you for your work.”
From Teri in Utah:
“I was fascinated with the program that opens people’s minds and hearts to see that those with Alzheimer’s can connect so wonderfully and openly to creative pursuits. I have seen this first hand with a lovely woman in her 80’s who I was fortunate enough to “care for.” I would get books from the library with large pictures. I wasn’t concerned so much about telling her the story as I was making her laugh.
I want to know more about resources, please, so that I can get “back in the trenches” and help my husband and groups to expand their experiences in
this phase of their lives. Thank you!"
We shared these resources with Teri and maybe they will help some of you too. Let us know if you have any suggestions to add to the list.
Resources About Memory, Alzheimer’s Disease And Music
The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement founded by Maria Shriver
The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function
American Music Therapy Association
“I’ll Be Me” Documentary about musician Glen Campbell
“Alive Inside” Documentary
From Norma in Wisconsin:
Listening to the program this morning on having assisted living patients come alive by participating in the arts reminded me of the Danube trip I went on two years ago with Norman Gilliland. Because it focused on the music along the Danube, it naturally attracted many amateur musicians and music appreciators. We attended concerts, both on and off the boat, went to museums, were educated by very well- informed guides, but we begged for an opportunity to BE the musicians. We finally put together a last-minute talent night where a dozen people sang, played, spoke, improvised, and shared their musicianship. It became a special part of the trip. Thanks for promoting life-long arts.
I shared that last note with Norman, who said he remembered many talented people on that Danube trip.
And from Joe via Twitter:
“This is such a lovely and vital conversation with Anne Basting @TTBOOK - may it find its way to all those whose lives have been touched by #dementia.”
We’d love to keep the thoughts coming about music, memory, aging, and you. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your observations, questions and stories.