Day 30: music & the brain
My sweet mama was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over a decade ago and has been on a slow decline since then.
What has been the only sustaining memory is her ability to recall a handful of Christmas songs and a few other songs like Amazing Grace and Moonlight Sonata.
She started to lose these in the last couple of months and looked scared when I tried to get her to the piano.
After last night’s recital (it took some prodding) I got her to the piano and we started to sing these songs. After about 20 minutes she actually played a bit of Moonlight Sonata and I’m grateful I got it on video.
An interesting article on how music is the last thing to go in those suffering with Alzheimer’s. I’m so thankful she has a deep connection to music and that she shared this love with me.