I saw this earlier. So touching.
My mother died of Alzheimer’s. Near the end she couldn’t reslly talk anymore but would try to sing along with music.
Our Gregorian schola once sang a recital in a government-run nursing home.
Some of the patients with Alzheimer’s, some advanced, spontaneously sang along with us. They knew the words, and the melodies. A haunting and moving experience.
Side note, the home was a former seminary. The recital was in the historic chapel. It has been deconsecrated but remains a protected heritage site so the architecture remains intact. It is mainly used for concerts and recitals with emphasis on religious music. We’ve sung there a couple of times since but the complex is no longer a nursing home.
I remember watching a special on Alzheimer’s patients and music. Music for some reason was something that Alzheimer’s patients, in the show at least, would respond to. They all wore headphones too, which I thought was interesting. Headphones will give off a slight electrical EMF, which I’ve wondered if it helpful for the patients or not.
That is beautiful.
Amazing what music does for us.