Tuscaloosa, Alabama- August 2015-Music serves as the perfect key to open the door to motivation and involvement and it has always played a prominent role at Morning Pointe.
According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, music can stimulate positive changes in mood, cognitive function and motor movements. Rhythmic responses require little to no cognitive or mental processing and are influenced by the motor center of the brain, which is why a person’s ability to engage in music, particularly rhythm playing and singing, remains intact.
The power of music was recently witnessed by residents and staff of Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa during an afternoon performance by the Brown Sisters.
After one of the songs, resident Dody Murphree, who is 96 years old and a resident of the Alzheimer’s Memory Care Community of Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa, stood up and spoke to the Brown Sisters as if she was at church. She thanked them for their beautiful music and their sincere spirit and then expressed how she felt the applause given had not been up to the caliber of their singing, and she asked everyone to give them another round of applause to express their gratitude on a greater scale.
Everyone did, and there was not a dry eye among the caregivers. The singers were so touched. “It was a beautiful moment of clarity for Mrs. Murphree,” said Life Enrichment Director Lynn Armour.
“Her spirit had been touched by the music as in her younger life, and she rose to the occasion to express her thoughts and feelings so appropriately – one of those meaningful moments that occur through music and the graciousness of volunteers. “ It was yet another memorable, meaningful day at Morning Pointe.
Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa is a state-of-the-art assisted living community offering 30 spacious apartments with multiple floor plan choices. The community also offers an additional 24 apartments designed to enhance orientation in The Lantern Alzheimer’s memory care program, a separate, secure wing of the building.
Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based senior healthcare services company, develops and manages 25 Morning Pointe® Assisted Living and Lantern Alzheimer’s/Memory Care Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states including locations in Chattanooga, Hixson and Lenoir City. IHP was founded in 1996 by regional healthcare entrepreneurs, Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. For more information, please visitwww.morningpointe.com.