Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to work with Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers

Posted on: February 28, 2018

“Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has partnered with New York-based Alzheimer treatment organization CaringKind to work with and perform for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (2/27) article at MusicalAmerica (subscription required). “It joins a number of other arts groups affiliated with CaringKind, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Lincoln Center. Prior to performing, Orpheus members and staff will receive training from CaringKind staff in how to interact with this population. Concerts will be followed by discussion with the musicians and refreshments. The Orpheus partnership, called ‘With Music in Mind,’ represents the first performances sponsored by CaringKind in Brooklyn and the Bronx, the former at the Museum, the latter at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, in May…. Music in Mind, and other programs like it, reflect the ever-growing body of evidence of music’s positive impact on persons with dementia and other brain-behavior disorders…. Lou-Ellen Barkan, president and CEO of CaringKind … emphasized how her organization’s ‘compassionate’ programs ‘keep our families connected to community,’ and how partnering with Orpheus was using ‘the power of music to enhance [patients’] quality of life.’ “

Posted February 28, 2018