Violinist to introduce Naperville to healing power of music

What an amazing person! Great ideas here for other to emulate.

Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta will visit Naperville at the end of February to talk about his work in bringing quality, live classical music to underserved populations. (The Lavin Agency)

A local arts group is hoping a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra can inspire the Naperville community to develop a means of bringing classical music to underserved populations. Continue reading “Violinist to introduce Naperville to healing power of music”

At Children’s Hospital, Music Is A Form Of Treatment For Young Patients

It makes me so happy to see more and more hospitals & other medical facilities embracing music & the arts in general as a form of treatment and therapy. More should do this though!

Nicole Steele, a music therapist at UPMC's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Yaheim Young, a fourteen-year-old patient, strum on ukuleles during a session.

Nicole Steele, clad in a face mask and thin plastic protective cover over her shirt, strung a ukulele while 14-year-old Yaheim Young played alongside her. The two had a jam session on the ninth floor of the UPMC Children’s Hospital in Lawrenceville.

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“TripAdvisor users say this Mass. hotel is the best in America”

Of course it’s on my beloved Nantucket 🙂

If you’ve never visited the “Grey Lady”, I can’t recommend highly enough you find a way to make it happen.  There is no place on earth like Nantucket and after living there for a couple of years, it will always have a special place in my heart.

The historic island of Nantucket, with its quaint lighthouses, gorgeous beaches, seaside cottages, and cobblestone streets, is home to the best hotel in America for the second year in a row, according to TripAdvisor readers.

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“SM Northwest French club donates children’s books to KC area refugees”

You may have noticed that I love stories about various folks & groups donating books 🙂

The Shawnee Mission Northwest High SchooL French National Honor Society chapter gathers recently to collect books for a family of refugees in the Congo. Seated, from left, are Rachel Tao and Caroline Sanders;  standing, from left, are Rachel Albright, Lauren Spear, Henry Tomasic and Mabel Anstine. Not pictured: Jackson Burnett

Giving back is the essence of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School’s French National Honor Society.

Last month, the organization completed one of its first major service projects of the school year by collecting and donating 124 new and gently used children’s books to a family of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Continue @ The Dispatch

“A Home #Library Built for 10000 (Or So) Books”

How lucky! I’d love to have something like this.  If you’re community has a great library perhaps you feel it’s not as necessary but there is something about it that has always made me want to have a room dedicated to all my favorite books and a lovely place to read them.

One can dream!!  🙂

Melba and Ted Whatley's home library in Austin

More at: Texas Monthly

‘Memory books’ can help older loved ones recall their past

'Memory books' can help older loved ones recall their past

Family photo albums can help jog an elderly friend or relative’s memories, but consider taking the photo book idea one step further: Create a “memory book” that combines personal photos with brief family stories and historical information.

These can be used to help people struggling with memory loss, and give younger family members a window into older relatives’ lives.

Memory books are also useful in helping older people introduce themselves to caregivers and provide topics for conversation, says Ann Norwich, director of the adult gerontology nurse practitioner program at York College of Pennsylvania.

By illustrating and explaining details from the person’s past, Norwich says, the books cue caregivers and other visitors to ask better questions. That can prolong positive conversation.

Read full article and learn how to begin at: Coeur d’Alene Press

Class helps dementia patients boost self-esteem with beautiful art

Andrea Koch

Andrea Koch (standing at left), of the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter, instructs a group of area activities facilitators at nursing homes and assisted living residences on the benefits of Memories in the Making art classes for people with dementia. Also shown, (from left), are Kathy Bower, Debbie Koch, Kim Hewlett, Shannon Gunnell and Roxanne Padlo.

Kate Day Sager/Olean Times Herald

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