Watch How Music Therapy Affects A Woman With Alzheimer’s Disease

A year ago, I visited an Assisted Living Facility in the east side of Manhattan,  New York and it was absolutely depressing to see that the residents were left in solitude inside their rooms for hours. There was a main room where many more were seated in a group around a 20-inch television that played a cartoon that made jarring music. The residents sat in their seats, unblinking and unmoving with their eyes looking anywhere but the television. It’s shocking to know that these sort of places still exist in one of the richest cities in America.

My friend from and I discovered his father in his quiet room, alone, dressed as if he were going out and even has his shoes on. He was in his final stages of Alzheimer’s disease and could no longer speak or eat on his own. With the help of an aide, we pulled him out of bed and put him into a big comfortable-looking chair nearby.

I asked my friend what songs did his father like to listen to when he was healthier. The answer was, “Frank Sinatra” (of course!) I played “Fly Me To The Moon” on my phone and his father who generally remained sedentary began to tap his foot to the music and did so for an hour. That hour of music therapy was meaningful to him. Here’s a video of something similar going on.

Description: Naomi Feil, founder of Validation Music Therapy, shares a breakthrough moment of communication with Gladys Wilson, a woman who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2000 and is virtually non-verbal.


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