Oct 10, 2011

Alzheimer’s Can’t Stop Naomi Kliman’s Beautiful Music

“It’s not unusual for people with the disease to turn to activities that used to give them pleasure . . . It reminds them of who they are.”

By Max Wallack
Alzheimer's Reading Room



There was a beautiful story in the Boston Globe about Naomi Kliman. Naomi was a music teacher who taught piano for almost 65 years. During her career, she taught over 1,000 students.

Today, at 82, Naomi lives in an assisted living facility. She has Alzheimer’s disease. Naomi, and her piano, moved into the assisted living facility when she was 80.


According to John Ziesel, cofounder of ARTZ (Artists for Alzheimer’s),

“It’s not unusual for people with the disease to turn to activities that used to give them pleasure . . . It reminds them of who they are.”

About Kliman, John Ziesel says,

“At a deep level, [Kliman] knows that when she plays she is seen as a pianist and if she stops playing she’ll be seen as a sick person.”




If you don't see the video go here.

You can read more about Naomi Kliman here.

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Max Wallack is a student at Boston University Academy. His great grandmother, Gertrude, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of PUZZLES TO REMEMBER. PTR is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and veterans institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

Original content Max Wallack, the Alzheimer's Reading Room