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.