The District Rotary Area supports a music program for people with dementia

The District Rotary Area supports a music program for people with dementia

Music Mends Minds, which provides music for people with dementia and other neurological disorders, is likely to launch in nearby communities due to support from the local Rotary area – and an islander whose mission it is to bring the program to so much. people can.

Amy Huggins started Music Mends Minds on Vashon in 2015 to help her loving husband, Alan, who was soon starting with Alzheimer's disease. The program was supported by Vashon Rotary from the beginning on the island, where many musicians now participate and up to 50 people attend each song from Beatles to “You Are my Sunshine.” T

However, Huggins has high aspirations for the program. Last month, at Rotary district conference, with club members from East and West Washington, she and three other Rotarians were working with an information booth about Music Mends Minds. Huggins also spoke about the benefits of the program, and 150 people attended, she said. Afterwards, at a business meeting, members of the Rotary District of 5030, which is Rotary Vashon part of a 52 club, voted unanimously to do Music Mends Minds districts project. This action, Huggins, will ensure increased funding and awareness of the program across the area.

“I want all 53 Mind Mends Minds to start in their communities because we have many Alzheimer's diseases and dementia for the whole world,” Huggins said.

Indeed, in the weeks since the conference, some of the Rotary clubs have already received assistance, and it intends to focus on creating new groups over the coming months.

“I will be visiting each of the 52 clubs in the next year or two to encourage them to promote Mends Minds Music in their community as a service project,” she said. “The need is growing. He's not going out, ”she said about dementia. “Mends Minds Music is urgently needed. It's not a nice idea. It is effective. ”

Music Mends Minds is a not-for-profit organization developed by California resident Carol Rosenstein, who first diagnosed her husband Irwin with Parkinson's disease and then with dementia. Having seen that the music helped him in ways his medication did, she created a bond and for others with neurodegenerative disorders; they brought him the 5th dementia.

Later, Rosenstein told CNN in an interview, they never looked back. She has established Music Mends Minds, with almost 20 music groups participating in California, Washington, New York, Canada and the Philippines.

“We are in the process of creating bands in different cities where we can have people with neurodegenerative diseases who love to play music and who are ready to jump in and have a good time,” said Rosenstein in the CNN interview.

The Music Mends Minds website contains information about the benefits of music, including that music can help the brain produce dopamine in Parkinson's patients; patients with Alzheimer's may forget the content of some songs but do not seem to forget how to play instruments, and that music helps to create, store, retrieve and retain memories.

On the island, singer and guitarist Rich Osborne heads the Music Mends Minds group at Vashon Community Care for two years. Other talented musicians often play violin, ulcers or bankers, among other instruments. He explained that the group is always part of his life.

“I looked at the miracle that happens,” he said, suggesting that people often disappear and are “hardly there.

But when the music starts, change occurs.

“The clouds are partial and the sun releases down, and they are back and full there,” he said.

He also said that he was in the US Bank when a woman came to him, speaking to him as “Guitar Guy.” T

“She told me,‘ When my husband comes and talks, that is the only time I hear his voice every week, ”he said. “She got me. The way I reply is that I continue to show every week. ”

With regard to the recent development of Rotary supporting the project at the district level, Osborne said that he was delighted to hear it.

“The more, the better. I think it's a great program, ”he said, giving Huggins faith for her work. “I'm the hero for me.” T

Mind Mends Minds meets at 1:30 pm. Tuesday at Vashon Community Care.

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