Gospel Singer Inspired By Effect of Music on Dementia Patients

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

A gospel singer has been inspired to start his own foundation after visiting his father in a Tennessee nursing home.
During Gerald Wolfe’s visit, a guitarist was playing the hymn “In the Sweet By and By” to a room full of dementia patients.
Within minutes, most people started singing along.
That moment inspired Gerald to begin the Gospel Music Hymn Sing Foundation.
The foundation has now distributed almost 47,000 gospel music DVDs to more than 15,600 nursing homes.
Each facility receives three DVDs featuring well-known gospel artists leading congregations singing hymns.
Nursing home director, Mary Anne Oglesby, told Baptist Press it’s a known fact that “music is stored in a different section of the brain than our speech and words”.
She says, music is melody and rhythm, and that’s one of the last things to go.



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