Music for the Mind
Both of my parents died of Alzheimer’s disease. I had no idea that watching their frustration and decline would inspire me to conceive of and create the Music for the Mind and Heart DVD.
My father died first at the age or 82 in 1999…. My mother’s mental decline…began a few years before my father died and continued to her death in November of 2007. Sadly I (eventually) had to accept the fact that she needed full-time professional care and I placed her in a nursing facility that specialized in Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
While I couldn’t cure her condition, one thing that I could do that brought her comfort was to play the piano. The room where I played… contained a big screen TV. Occasionally I would find a nature oriented program and that would be on screen (with the sound turned down) while I played. I began to notice that the patients particularly enjoyed and seemed to benefit from the combination of the music I was playing and the imagery of nature that they were seeing on TV. Watching their faces I knew this combination had a therapeutic power that was providing them with comfort, tranquility and emotional grounding.