They say that children and pets can reach Alzheimer’s patients in ways that we normal adults can not. I also found that music was a wonderful treat for Ed. One time I engaged a classical violinist to come to the Alois Center, where Ed lived, and play a special concert for Ed in his room. I even asked the guy to wear a tux!
Ed was delighted beyond belief. He moved in time to the music. Hummed along to some of the pieces he knew. Clapped heartily at the end of each selection. And held hands with the violinist after the concert was over. (Ed held hands with ALL of his visitors!)
After the concert I asked the violinist to sit beside Ed on the sofa so I could take a picture of them. Ed looked as proud as if he were sitting next to the President or the Queen of England. I knew he wouldn’t remember the concert the next day – or maybe not even that evening. But he had thoroughly enjoyed every second of it while it lasted. And that’s what it’s all about to give joy to an Alzheimer’s loved one.
Has anyone else used music to bring joy to their Alzheimer’s loved one? What was your experience?