CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, residents at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Chattanooga embrace the gift of sound at Christ United Methodist Church.
The music service, called “Let’s Sing from Memory,” allows older adults with dementia and their caregivers or loved ones to enjoy an hour and a half of joyful music.
Music is one of the many experiences used to stimulate memories in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. As part of Morning Pointe’s Meaningful Day™ programming, choirs and musicians are invited to visit the memory care community, bringing healing to the seniors through harmony.
The residents also attend local music concerts, recitals and live performances, bringing the many benefits of music therapy into their lives. Lindberg says the residents at Morning Pointe look forward to more visits at the church. He says the stimulation through sound has shown benefits.
“Music is one of the most lasting connections in the brain of older adults with dementia,” says Chris Lindberg, Lantern program director. “It is evident when our memory care residents are seen singing along to songs of yesteryear, as well as hymns from memory.”
Photo: Ann Voegele, resident at Lantern of Morning Pointe at Chattanooga, sings hymns with Wayne Evans, founder of Let’s Sing from Memory.