Sing-Alongs Unlock Memories and Verbal Skills for Adults Who Suffer from Dementia
Dementia and stroke patients have been shown to respond, even to walk, regain the use of hands, or voice words and music after listening to familiar tunes each day.
Bob, a patient at the Glenner Memory Center, used to sing with a barbershop quartet. When John led the Sing-along, he joined in and harmonized perfectly and knew all the lyrics to songs he hadn’t sung for years.
“It was endearing to watch you in action engaging so many of our participants; even the quietest ones came to life with you. I really can’t thank you enough for the gift of your fun sing-along and for then staying to visit with some of the participants.”
Sometimes John invites others to lead with him.
John celebrates holidays with appropriate songs – like “Yankee Doodle” on Independence Day at Lantern Crest in Santee, CA.
John brings his joie de vivre to delight his audiences of aging adults and to draw them into his music – tapping, clapping and singing the words. CLICK on the YOU-TUBE clip below to see John as the railroad engineer.
Or as the hiker.
Singing favorite songs from a former era and hearing the recitation of familiar childhood poems prod the brain and delight the soul.