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Valley Information – Sunday Seniors: Customized CDs assist older music followers combine issues up

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 cherished once they have been youthful.

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

“Some individuals, particularly (those that) reside alone and even in a house with different individuals, simply get form of remoted of their minds, form of shut down and grow to be extra depressed,” mentioned Carol Langstaff, a member of the nonprofit group’s board of administrators. “We observed once they (listened to) music they used to like once they have been youthful, they arrive alive. They get recollections and simply perk up.”

Individuals are interviewed by Dena Wilkie, who helps establish individuals who may benefit from this system by means of her work as Sharon’s group nurse. Wilkie then passes alongside her notes from her to Bob DiBartolo, who hosts a weekly program at Royalton Radio. DiBartolo places collectively a 1-hour, 20-minute CD. He consists of songs recommended by the participant and finds others which are related.

“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. “Plenty of Glenn Miller followers on the market.”

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

“Once they requested me what sort of music I like, I mentioned I might all the time been a fan of nation, 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 loads of enjoyable,” Shirley mentioned.

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

“It is fantastic,” Shirley mentioned.

Langstaff was impressed to start out this system after watching YouTube movies from the Alive Inside venture. In these movies, older adults, some with dementia, hearken to music and grow to be engaged with what they’re listening to.

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

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

“I am actually enthusiastic about it,” Langstaff mentioned. “It is already actually working wonders.”

Strafford appears to rent group nurse

Strafford is the newest Higher Valley group to start out a group nurse program.

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

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

As a approach to increase funds, the board is holding a wellness raffle from the tip of January to early February. Individuals should purchase 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 Basic Retailer in South Stafford, and the drawing will happen on Valentine’s Day.

Liz Sauchelli may be reached at or 603-727-3221.


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