One powerful way to aid those with Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic illnesses of aging is through music. A familiar tune has the power to move our souls, lift our spirits and help us recollect good times with friends and family. Just how powerful an effect does music have on these listeners?
When he [Glen] is playing before a audience, it is hard to think of him having Alzheimer's.
The same with me when I get on a roll speaking about dementia. It is during the downtime that you realize we are losing the battle and parts of our passion.
“...families all over the place can learn from the experience the Campbells had — which is an incredibly brave thing for the Campbell family to do.”
Art therapy is the catalyst to provide the voice and the memories of those who have lost their ability to articulate their life stories, their emotions and thought processes. At a recent screening of Glen Campbell’s documentary, I’ll Be Me, a panel of professionals led by Angel Duncan MA-MFT, ATR, answered questions about Alzheimer’s disease and the benefits of expressive art therapies. Angel Duncan was able to meet with the Campbell family who shared how Glen has been able to benefit from engaging in art therapy.
Klutinis’s movie comes as Alzheimer’s becomes more prevalent in an aging society and depictions of its impact are appearing more frequently in popular culture.
It (Alzheimer's disease) is definitely bleeding much more significantly into the media,” said George Vradenburg, a founder of the D.C.-based nonprofit US Against Alzheimer’s. “It used to be the case that you hid out, you wanted to sort of stay private, you didn’t want to talk about your disease. But now more and more people are willing to talk about their disease. And more and more people are telling stories of others, fictional and real, of people experiencing this disease. So we’re beginning to see a crack in the stigma as people begin to talk about this disease.”
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