Lecture, demonstration of power of music set in Manteo for World Alzheimer’s Day

Published 8:29 am Wednesday, September 20, 2023

A free interactive lecture and demonstration on how music can be used in positively affecting the mood, demeanor and behavior of those suffering from cognitive decline, specifically dementia and Alzheimer’s, will be held on World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21, in Manteo.

“When properly applied, music can literally bring a patient back to a point of happiness, joy and restore memories that you may assume were long lost,” stated musician and author Tripp Harrison. “The powerful effect that music has on all of us is evident to most. But the ability of directed music to reach someone who doesn’t recognize their children, can’t care for themselves and are, in general, gone from our reality is uncanny. The effects aren’t permanent, but using music in certain ways can restore peace and comfort – even create joy and excitement for patients, who have been shown to ‘come back’ to us, even in post-listening conversations, for hours after using these techniques.”

Harrison will perform real musical examples on a keyboard to show how mood and cognitive awareness can be improved in seconds using the power of music to reach deep inside the mind.

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The event will be held Thursday, September 21 at the Virginia Tillett Center, in the county government complex in Manteo, at 1 p.m. For more information, contact 252-473-2449 or tcc@twifordfh.com.

This event is sponsored by the Virginia Tillett Center (Dare County), the GEM Center, the Dementia Friendly Coalition, Piano Simply Music Education and Twiford Funeral Homes.