Fort Worth Retirement Community Using Music Therapy to Fight Alzheimer’s

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FORT WORTH -- For a lot of folks, music is a way of life.

“Everybody loves music. At the end of the day, I’m listening to music and driving home it just makes me feel good,” Valynda King said.

That’s why King, who works at the Stayton Retirement Community, uses music to reach out to residents who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. David Reeves, who lives at Stayton, is living proof the therapy is working.

“You know he has a lot he has to say, but he can't because his speech is not there. But once he gets the music on, you can see he lights up,” King said.

According to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, the power of music is having a big impact, even for those in the late stages of the disease.

But for folks like Dr. Reeves, all that matters is making sure the beat goes on.

“I just get goosebumps sometimes when I see our residents," she said. You know they have that moment of clarity and everything is just great for them at that time, so it feels good.”