Aug 15, 2014 by


On August 22, I will remember my Mother on her birthday.  As I told you before, my Mother was a cute little thing.  When you met her you would immediately think of the word, sweet.  Her latter years were spent in a world that only she could navigate.  When I would visit her in the nursing home, I could enter her world, but she never could share mine.  Dementia would not let her.  Except for that one day when I wheeled her in to the big room where they were having the weekly music social.  I pushed her wheelchair up to the very front and pulled up a chair next to her.  The man always played the old songs.  I don’t mean The Platters or Elvis.  I mean the reeeeealy old ones like Bob Wills.  When the man started playing Waltz Across Texas, my Mother sat up straight, got a registered expression on her face, looked at me and clearly told me she wanted to dance—-NOW!.  I jumped up and helped her stand and for a brief moment, that little twinkle was in her eyes.  Even tho her feet were not sashaying around the floor, she was keeping the beat with rest of her frame.  Very quickly, her frail body wilted and I helped her back into her two wheeled mode of transportation.  It reminded me of the movie, Awakenings.  You know the one with Robin Williams where all the patients have been comatose for years and one day, they wake up for a short period of time.  So…I started thinking—-what will the song be that gets me up out of my seat and snaps me to attention when I’m in God’s waiting room-otherwise known as assisted living.  Would it be Happy by Pharrell Williams?  Supernova by Ray Lamontagne?  Under My Thumb by The Stones?  No, my Lazarus moment will probably be more of a classic—definitely Motown.  Something like Ain’t Too Proud To Beg by The Temptations.  That’s what would bring me back from the other side.  Heck, I can’t listen to it now without snapping my fingers and popping my knees.   Sooooo—what’ll be on your playlist when you’re at the weekly social at Shady Oaks?  Let me know and remember to add your name to the email list.

Click here to read some very interesting stuff on music therapy for Alzeimer’s patients

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