Man with Alzheimer’s on a mission to save his music – CBS News

Three years ago, Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He had to give up his job as a software designer, but his wife Joni says the cruelest part is the toll it’s taking on the music he composed.

“Losing the songs would be like losing him,” she said.

A part of Alzheimer’s we don’t often discuss – the loss of “self”.  It’s not just about forgetting the little things like daily activities or even the big things like recognizing family & friends.  It’s also about losing what has made us “us” – our unique, personal identity.

It feels as though Alzheimer’s steals from us the very things that make life worth living, as if it eats away at our soul piece by piece and leaves an empty shell.

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New music therapy program in Roanoke sparks memories for dementia patients

A new music therapy program in the Star City has the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra teaming up with Friendship Health and Rehab to play music for memory care and Alzheimer’s patients each week.

But it’s not just a concert at the Friendship community. The healing arts program has a specialized schedule of songs and interactions to get the patients involved. There’s a question and answer session and the patients use their own drum sticks or egg shakers to play along with the music.

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Can Travel Make You More Creative? – Vogue

When faced with a creative block, common wisdom suggests you go for a walk, exercise, even take a nap. All three have a common thread, of course: creating distance and taking a mental break from the task at hand. So it stands to reason that really getting away, say, on a vacation, would be the ultimate cure, right? For the deskbound wanderlusters among us, the answer is thankfully, yes. New research suggests travel can increase your levels of creativity and cause an uptick in your mind’s ability to produce positive thoughts, leading you to a happier, more inspired version of you.

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Game of Thrones-inspired festival coming to Ontario town | CBC Books

The creators behind the Festival of Wizardry, a weekend celebrating the world of Harry Potter, are bringing a Game of Thrones-inspired festival to Blyth, Ont. in Huron County.

The Festival of Thrones is for fans of medieval fantasy, like George R.R. Martin’s series-turned-television show Game of Thrones and Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind.

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Boston police showcase art project aiming to combat youth violence

The Boston Police Department spent Tuesday afternoon unveiling a new tool used to combat violence in the city at their headquarters — art.

About two years ago, Medicine Wheel Productions, an institution that’s been using public art to strengthen Boston communities, joined with the police department to start a program designed to connect police officers and Boston youth through art workshops.

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Chester Bennington death causes Help Musicians to launch Music Minds Matter campaign | Metro News

All we can really do when something awful happens is mourn the loss and then try to make something good happen.  That’s exactly what the music industry is trying to do from the awful loss of Chester.

Linkin Park frontman Bennington died by suicide last week at the age of 41.The tragedy has shaken the music industry, which Help Musicians has stated is going through a ‘mental health crisis’.

The charity has launched the Music Minds Matter campaign and are hoping to raise enough money for the first dedicated 24/7 mental health service for those in the music industry.

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Night Nation Run draws 8,000 for running music festival | TribLIVE

What cool event idea!!

Because it wasn’t just the electronic dance music reverberating through the air, causing the sidewalks to pulse under your feet. It was the mass who showed up—millennials, the older and wiser, those still occupying strollers, and everything in between—who not only caused traffic to stop, but inspired a wall of curious onlookers along N. Shore Drive. iPhones in the air, waiting to capture the moment when 8,000 people shot out from the starting line under fog machines, spot lights, and enough energy to short circuit the grid as Night Nation Run officially unleashed itself on the city.

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