The Utah Symphony and the Utah Opera are partnering with the Alzheimer's Association to provide special programs to seniors suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and those who care for them. This is the first time the organizations have partnered together, and they will be hosting special programs throughout the month of May, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Though Alzheimer's affects memory, those with the disease are still able to enjoy music. Dr Norman Foster, professor of neurology at the University of Utah, told the source "It's important to realize that many cognitive and emotional abilities are spared and remain undamaged."
He stressed the importance of focusing on the abilities of those with Alzheimer's, rather than the things they cannot do.
The month of events is titled "Making Sense of Alzheimer's", aptly named as much of the programming is centered around heightening the senses of those with dementia. In addition to music, attendees of the events will receive chocolates, or touch and smell intricate costume pieces, according to the source.
The events are also an opportunity for the caregivers and family of those with the disease to connect with one another, as well as share in the music and experiences.