Hi this is Anthony Diaz and I am really excited about bringing music back to Rosa’s. I want to talk about an article written by Susan King that was published that let people know how the power of music can help with dementia patients. It also talked about how it helps with memory and depression. To go one step further, it talked about how actually playing an instrument of sorts can have “restorative” abilities to the brain. Basically music is helping aging adults manage everything from chronic pain to Alzheimer’s disease.
People with Parkinson’s are able to regain some of their overall functioning in certain cases. In other cases, music sings helps the stroke-stricken to speak sooner. Music acts like good old fashion medicine for the mind the body and the spirit.
At Rosa’s once a week, Leslie comes in with a handful of music, ukuleles and percussion and let the clients sing and play. Music books were created based on what the clients wanted to play and learn. I must say some of them sounded pretty good singing the Rolling Stones You Can’t Always Get What You Want.
Leslie, who helps the clients learn the music and gets them playing and singing says that working with the residents at Rosa’s is not only a delight, but it is good to see them take so much interest in this. She states the residents are talking about calling themselves The Geriatric Musical Band. We are pleased that our residents are happy and finding joy in music, even if they sing a little off pitch.