It’s a ‘G’ Thing: Music therapy helps motivate and mend the mind of seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia

It's music to get you moving, to boost morale and to help mend the mind.

“Live music is vibrations and I really think that vibration is a healing thing,” Sean Condron said.

Sean Condron, a lifelong artist, knows firsthand the power of song. He leads a unique type of therapy for men and women with dementia and Alzheimer's at Sunnyside Community Services.

“People who come here can’t remember their spouses name but they’ll remember the song that they danced to before they were married,” he explained. "And they’ll remember the words.”

He plays here a few times a month but his bond stretches more than a decade.

“My mom went to this daycare program from about 2005 until sadly she passed away this year,” he said.

Sean remembers the overwhelming feelings he experienced when his mom began to forget things.

“It was really difficult because you never feel like you’re doing enough,” Sean described. "She would call me 10-20 times a day because she didn’t remembered she had called me.”

This nonprofit helped her and so many others find their spark again. It also offers dance classes, various games, arts activities and more.

“She saw that it was a warm environment and she said I want to go back there!" Delcia Rodriguez smiled.

Delcia Rodriguez’s mom was diagnosed in 2009.

“It has kept her stable, her disease has not progressed as rapidly as it usually does," she said. "My mom really likes coming here.”

“It’s extremely wonderful to help empower people,” Shyvonne Noboa said.

Shyvonne Noboa directs these services and also emphasizes how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves.

“They don’t have to do it alone," she pleaded. "Our programs offer them a connection to other caregivers that are going through the same experience they are.”

And it seems with every note, beat and lyric, Sean’s passion and purpose come through, bringing everyone together.

“Are you still paying tribute to your mother by doing this?" I asked. "Oh yes, because she gave me my gifts and I want to pass them on.”

 

To find out more about Sean Condron and his music services visit www.seansmusicforthesoul.com

Produced by: Kim Pestalozzi