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Compassionate Care for Alzheimer’s Disease Sufferers – A New Day?

The Pilot shared an insightful AP article with readers yesterday. It was a real eye-opener to learn that the cultures of Thailand and the Philippines allow for markedly healthier and happier life experiences for people with dementia, and western Europeans are choosing to have their loved ones cared for there. Gray’s comparison of ‘an old, cold lady who gives you pills and tells you to go to bed,’ to a caretaker who ‘sits on the grass…, gently massaging his legs and tickling his chin,’ is the difference between night and day, or perhaps happiness and despair. How did we develop into a society that abhors aging? Why are we getting dependent care for the disabled and elderly so wrong as a society? Continue reading

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Repost from TAO Artist Zach Bridges

Zach Bridges writes eloquently about his experience as a TAO artist at a Portsmouth, VA nursing home.  Using lessons learned from our artist manual and coupling it with his own talents and tenacity, he created some intimate and very special moments for deserving, yet under-served seniors in our community.  Kudos to Zach!  and encouragement to all our artists to always strive to connect with the participants in your program.  They are just like you and me, only older. 

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Old Man in a Nursing Home Reacts to Hearing Music from His Era

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDXuCE7LeQ&sns=fb

This speaks so well to the power of music to stimulate us emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually… it’s just amazing to see this reaction. TAO artists see it with great regularity!

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