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Alive Inside: Music + Dementia

Music & Memory is a nonprofit that provides personalized music therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia:

Based on neuroscience research, Music & Memory helps set up playlists that trigger deep memories not lost to dementia, enabling patients to” feel like themselves again.” According to their website, the program consistently yields the following results in nursing home patients:

  • Residents are happier and more social.

  • Relationships among staff, residents and family deepen.

  • Everyone benefits from a calmer, more supportive social environment.

  • Staff regain valuable time previously lost to behavior management issues.

  • There is growing evidence that a personalized music program gives professionals one more tool in their effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic medications.

For more information, or to donate to the organization, please visit http://musicandmemory.org/.

Foster Grandparenting

Have you heard about foster grandparent programs? Foster grandparents are volunteers age 55 and over who help children in their local communities:

Foster grandparents serve 15 to 40 hours per week helping children learn to read, mentor ing teenagers and young mothers, caring for premature infants or children with disabilities, or helping abused/neglected children. Volunteers receive training, meals while on duty, and may be eligible to receive a small stipend.

Know anyone who might be interested in becoming a foster grandparent? Please click on this link for more information:


We think this is a fabulous idea!


Life Advice From Old People

We’ve just discovered a fantastic blog that is (sadly) no longer being updated. Started by actor/writer Seth Menachem, it’s called Life Advice From Old People, and it has more than 100 posts of video interviews with older people giving advice and telling their stories.

The very first post is an interview with his neighbor Abe, who was 90 years old at the time:

So, Abe’s been my neighbor for years. He’s a good guy who’s had a rough patch while taking care of a very sick wife for the last 15 years. It’s drained him financially and emotionally and having caretakers in his house 24/7 is “a pain in the ass.” So, he spends a lot of time outside of his house. We take walks together and I sit and talk with him and his friend, Frank – both of whom are from the same town in Poland and as Jews had to escape during the war. They ended up in Russia. Frank worked for a short time in Siberia and then was locked away in a Siberian prison for years. Abe worked in Russia and also spent some time in prison. When he got out, he went back to his town to find his parents were both dead and his house razed to the ground. His parents were killed in Auschwitz. He went to Israel where his brother had emigrated and they lived together there for years. It is Abe and Frank who sparked this “life advice from old people” idea for me, as I often sit on the stoop and talk to these guys for hours.

Check out the blog to see more videos. We think they’re wonderful!