Below is a letter of thanks that I received from the daughter of an Alzheimer’s patient whom I work with (reprinted with her permission):
As I was walking down the hall with my mother, then a fairly recent resident of Memory Care, I heard cheerful music coming from the activities room. When we entered Drew greeted my mother by name, and I soon realized she knew all the residents and their musical preferences. I had a wonderful time (It’s fun learning songs my parents grew up with) and from that day on I have tried never to miss a session of Drew’s music.
For me it is both an activity to share with my mother (her favorite activity) and a rare opportunity to sing just for fun. Drew is a wonderful musician and she has an enthusiastic, patient, caring attitude that lifts people’s spirits. With gentle encouragement she draws out and praises some level of participation from each resident.
Sing-alongs are not only a pleasure for people of any age, they are especially important for the memory-impaired because music touches memory at a much deeper level than written or spoken words. I have often both witnessed and personally experienced the beneficial effects of Risky Rhythm, and am grateful that Drew provides such an enjoyable experience for us.
Thank you for such a warm and wonderful letter!