Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

Revealed: 1/14/2023 9:31:59 PM

Modified: 1/14/2023 9:28:43 PM

A brand new program in Sharon is reconnecting older adults to the music they liked once they had been youthful.

Music for Elders, which is run by the Sharon Well being Initiative, offers older adults with combine CDs curated to their musical tastes and transportable CD gamers on which to hearken to them.

“Some folks, particularly (those that) dwell alone and even in a house with different folks, simply get type of remoted of their minds, type of shut down and develop into extra depressed,” mentioned Carol Langstaff, a member of the nonprofit group’s board of administrators. “We observed once they (hearken to) music they used to like once they had been youthful, they arrive alive. They get recollections and simply perk up.”

Contributors are interviewed by Dena Wilkie, who helps determine individuals who may gain advantage from this system by means of her work as Sharon’s neighborhood nurse. Wilkie then passes alongside her notes to Bob DiBartolo, who hosts a weekly program at Royalton Radio. DiBartolo places collectively a 1-hour, 20-minute CD. He contains songs steered by the participant and finds others which might be comparable.

“Some people like non secular music; some people like nation western music from the ’30s and ’40s,” DiBartolo mentioned, including that Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Vacation and Frank Sinatra are among the many favourite artists. “Lot of Glenn Miller followers on the market.”

Among the many program members is Shirley, who wished to be recognized by solely her first identify.

“After they requested me what sort of music I like, I mentioned I’d all the time been a rustic fan, nation music,” mentioned Shirley, who’s her 80s.

She grew up listening to nation music and attended barn dances in Fairlee and Orford, the place she met husband.

“I danced and we sang, and we had lots of enjoyable,” Shirley mentioned.

She has loved listening to CDs that embody Don Williams, Johnny Money and Dolly Parton.

“It’s fantastic,” Shirley mentioned.

Langstaff was impressed to begin this system after viewing YouTube movies from the Alive Inside venture. In these movies, older adults, some with dementia, hearken to music and develop into engaged with what they’re listening to.

“Once I noticed that, it was actually thrilling to me,” mentioned Langstaff, a musician herself. “It’s simply led my life, and nonetheless does.”

Round half a dozen folks have participated in this system because it launched final 12 months. The Central Vermont Council on Growing old offered a $3,500 grant to assist fund it. CDs, CD gamers and headphones at the moment are additionally obtainable at Baxter Memorial Library in Sharon and Morrill Memorial & Harris Library in Strafford. Langstaff hopes to unfold this system to different neighborhood nurse packages within the space and elder care services.

“I’m actually enthusiastic about it,” Langstaff mentioned. “It’s already actually working wonders.”

Strafford appears to be like to rent neighborhood nurse

Strafford is the most recent Higher Valley neighborhood to begin a neighborhood nurse program.

This system, referred to as the Strafford Neighborhood Nurse, is being funded by grants and particular person donations. It will likely be run by the board of The Strafford Neighborhood Nursing Program.

The board is presently making an attempt to rent a part-time nurse to fill the place. Extra info could be discovered at

As a option to elevate funds, the board is holding a wellness raffle from the tip of January to early February. Folks can buy tickets to win vouchers for health-oriented providers and actions together with yoga, acupuncture and flower arranging. Tickets will probably be obtainable at Coburn’s Common Retailer in South Stafford, and the drawing will happen on Valentine’s Day.

Liz Sauchelli could be reached at [email protected] or 603-727-3221.

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