The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Franklin (TN) resident Marlene Owensby, Music for Seniors program director Matt Bridges, and resident Edwina Smith give their hands a break after an exciting afternoon of playing music together. Under Bridges’s direction, over 20 of the memory care community’s residents learned to focus on the beat of familiar genres of music, such as the waltz, and work together to create some of their favorite tunes. “Music has been shown to enhance focus and spark reminiscing in those who are living with dementia. Programs like these create intentional interactions between residents and volunteers by focusing on the skills retained throughout the disease and allowing the residents to be set up for success,” says Lantern executive director Ashley Briggs. “We are so thankful to Matt and Music for Seniors for providing our residents with music therapy.”