Utah Symphony brings music to Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers

Posted on: May 5, 2010

In Tuesday’s (5/4) Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), David Burger writes about Making Sense of Alzheimer’s Month, “a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera and the Utah chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Throughout May, USO is offering discounted concert tickets, Abravanel Hall tours and special programs for those with the disease and their caregivers. Musicians will also perform at seven assisted-living centers during the month. In the past, the symphony has offered programs for the visually impaired and those with autism. But this is the first time the Utah Symphony has added musical program for Alzheimer’s patients. … Too often those with the disease… are relegated to the shadows of society, said Paula Fowler, US | UO director of education and community outreach. ‘Just because their memories aren’t working well, it doesn’t mean they can’t use their senses,’ Fowler said. … There are more than 40 [Alzheimer’s] support groups in the state, and the ‘Making Sense’ events will give caregivers the chance to connect with others, as well as sharing musical experiences with their loved ones.” 

Posted May 5, 2010