Sing-Alongs: Communicating with Dementia Patients

Sing-Alongs Unlock Memories and Verbal Skills for Adults Who Suffer from Dementia

John leads sing alongs

John leads sing alongs

 

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.

John Meyer leading a sing-along

Bob with JLM at Glenna Memory Care Center sing-along

 

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.

WS SingAlong

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.

Screen Shot 2013-02-24 at 11.23.31 AM Screen Shot 2013-02-24 at 11.23.55 AM

 To read about why sing-alongs are important for seniors suffering from dementia, CLICK HERE.

To see photos of John in his various sing-along personas, CLICK HERE.

For inquiries or to schedule John, CLICK HERE.