For people with Alzheimer’s, the present can be very confusing, but music from their past can be a great source of comfort. Short term recall is a challenge while old memories are easier to access. The Loyola Music Therapy Program in New Orleans understands this and their students work within the community to bring joy and peace to people suffering from dementia and dementia related illnesses. The JCC is fortunate to partner with Loyola’s Music Therapy Program and bring their talents to our Alzheimer’s Care & Enrichment (ACE) program.
Each semester students come to the J to work with our group. They bring instruments, scarves and their beautiful voices to lead our group in song and movement. We look forward to their visits every week. Sadly, this past semester was cut short due to the novel coronavirus. This, however, did not stop the students and their dedication to our group. Students Olaia and Kelesha designed, recorded, and edited a 50s style radio show called "The JCC Radio Show" which we were able to share with everyone in our program so they can enjoy it anytime they like in the safety of their own homes.
We are grateful for their dedication, creativity and incredible talent!