It’s easy for many Alzheimer’s sufferers to become shut off from the world due to the disease, leading to loneliness and isolation.
That’s what some members of the Junior League of El Paso are working to change.
The organization’s Good Time Singers provide weekly music therapy through spirited performances in local nursing homes and hospitals.
“We’ve seen people who don’t talk actually start singing and dancing because they are able to recall music,” Junior League of El Paso member and Good Time Singer Chellie Hoover said.
For nearly 30 years, the singers have learned and performed songs from different decades to better connect with the patients.
“They respond and often become vocal when they can recall songs from their youth, so we continually learn songs from different decades to better connect with them,” Hoover said.
Since its conception in 1990, the group went from performing a handful of concerts a year to booking up months in advance.
“The amount of people we’ve been able to positively impact through this program is just astounding to us,” Hoover said.
The Good Time Singers hope sharing their successes will inspire others to begin similar programs.