Music Sparks Memories

A few months ago, Mom and I attended an Alzheimer’s Café, a place where caregivers and people with the disease get together to share an evening of fun. Our local Alzheimer Society provides this event every month. This particular Café hosted a Spanish/English singer who had one of the most beautiful voices I have ever had the the pleasure of hearing.

A little known fact about Mom is that she took Spanish lessons back in the 1980s. She was so enthralled with the language that I grew up thinking ABBA only sang in Spanish as that is what Mom constantly played on the record player.

The singer at the Café brought back her memories of singing in Spanish and as he belted out his tunes, I could hear Mom grasping for the foreign language she once knew so well. Some words she fumbled through but others rang clear. It was a beautiful moment to see and it brought me back to my childhood memories.

During the Christmas Café they had another musical guest who played Christmas tunes on the piano. Mom knew most of the words to those songs, even better than I recalled them. I’ve read articles where some people with Alzheimer’s have stopped speaking but if a favourite song is played, they will sing. Music is definitely a blessing in so many ways.

I’ll leave you with this beautiful song today by Ashley Campbell, called “Remembering.” She is the daughter of one of Mom’s favourite singers, Glen Campbell; he was diagnosed in 2011 with Alzheimer’s.

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