Singing Heart to Heart
Connecting Through Music
From Mary Sue Wilkinson
Music and happiness go hand in hand!
Singing Heart to Heart is a unique company devoted to bringing the joy of music and singing to seniors with decades of life experiences and memories tied to music through the Young at Heart Music program.
Mary Sue Wilkinson is the founder of Singing Heart to Heart™. She is a career educator and professional musician, with a passion for using music in dementia care, and she loves to sing! Her flagship program, Young at Heart Music, is devoted to bringing the joy of music and singing to seniors with decades of life experiences and memories tied to music.
Now Available in the Care Store!
“Songs You Know By Heart, A Simple Guide for Using Music In Dementia Care” written by Mary Sue with contributions from Teepa Snow. Mary Sue is also available as a song leader and speaker sharing her expertise about the power of music to awaken memories and bring joy and connection.
Available on Mary Sue's Website
Songs You Know By Heart – Listen or Sing Along
“Songs You Know By Heart” features 18 favorite songs from Mary Sue Wilkinson, founder of Singing Heart to Heart™. Listen, or better yet, sing along to popular standards such as I Got Rhythm, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, You Are My Sunshine, and more. Crystal clear vocals and delightful arrangements make it a perfect choice for care partners, family members and activity directors looking to awaken memories, lift spirits and maintain connection with people living with dementia.
What others are saying about Songs You Know By Heart:
“For 4 hours on Wednesday nights, I offer my mom respite by "sitting" with my dad who has Alzheimer's. I'm happy to report that I found an amazing way to connect with him through Mary Sue's CD. I was surprised and delighted at my dad's ability to name the songs and sing along with the music. It brought such joy to our evening together.” - Kelly Beischel, Daughter
“It has been absolutely delightful to have your new CD. Jean and many of her caregivers use it almost daily. We listen and sing along to the CD during meals and as we travel to various appointments. Other times we listen and sing along just to do as an activity. It is always considered a "pick me up" and it brings pleasure to all here. Thank you for providing this avenue of service.” - Kim Spencer, Care Partner
Finding Memories through Music – A Family interview
Written in the style of the popular “Grandma Remembers” books, this family interview will guide you on a walk down memory lane, using music to spur memories and capture family history. Available spiral bound or as an E Book.
Alzheimer's Music Connect
Utilizing a patent pending process for enhancing carefully selected music, they have developed a non-pharmaceutical product capable of relaxing those effected by dementia while providing valuable respite for their Caregivers, and as their name suggests, LifeMusic, Inc., it inspires a larger vision. Since the earliest human origins, whuman beings have relied on music for personal identity, self-expression and spiritual transformation.
Music may be unrivaled, perhaps even by language itself, as a means of communication and human connection.
Music & Memory
Our approach is simple, elegant and effective: We train elder care professionals how to set up personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for those in their care. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring residents and clients back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.
Music & Memory’s work is rooted in extensive neuroscience research. The results can be nothing short of miraculous.
See ALIVE INSIDE. A documentary film about social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.
Live Streaming Custom Concerts
From Anthony Cirillo
Many in the aging services professions are aware of the power of music in healing and particularly with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. Many Alzheimer’s patients can remember and sing songs even in advanced stages, long after they’ve stopped recognizing names and faces. Dementia care homes often use music as recreation, since it brings patients pleasure. There’s growing evidence that listening to music can also help stimulate seemingly lost memories and even help maintain some cognitive functioning.
In an Alzheimer’s Association newsletter, John Carpenter, founder of the world-renowned Rebecca Center for Music Therapy in New York, shared that music helps stimulate communication and memory skills. Listening to live music and being involved in live music-making experiences empowers people to emerge from the isolation imposed by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia or simply from loneliness. Yet there are settings where it is hard to bring live music into such as home health, hospice in the home or to shut-in elders.
Anthony Cirillo is a health care consultant who fell into a mission for elders when he started performing in nursing homes some 20+ years ago. A professionally-trained singer, Anthony has literally performed thousands of concerts in senior living. He knows how to connect with older adults.
He is extending his reach and using new technology to stream concerts over the Internet that can be viewed on smart TVs, computers, and mobile devices. These concerts can be for groups or customized for individuals. In addition, he offers customized DVDs and CDs in addition to the live concert or separately that make great gifts.
Together We'll Go - A benefit CD for Alzheimer's
From Andrea Osborne
In the fall of 2010, we suspected my mother had Alzheimer’s. She was only 64. I was broken hearted when our fears were realized and Mom did indeed have Alzheimer’s. To cope and reach out in the best way I know, I set about creating a CD with 14 songs of healing, hope and love. The tracks come from a wide variety of songwriters, but together they say all the things I want to say to my Mom. She has always been my rock and my strength, and now I want to be hers.
“Together We’ll Go” is my ultimate love song to my mother. I know this music will touch her now and forever…Mom, take my hand,
and together we’ll go. All net proceeds from the sale of this album go to Alzheimers North Carolina, our local chapter.