Aug 18, 2011

The Unforgettables

Dr. Mary Mittelman, a scientist at the NYU Medical Center, has constructed a chorus of patients with memory loss, who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or early dementia.

By Max Wallack
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Each chorus member is accompanied by their caregiver.

There is a lot of evidence that various art and music therapies are beneficial to both these patients and their caregivers. Artistic endeavors activate the parts of the brain that are last affected by these diseases.

In addition to giving the patients and their caregivers a new means of communication, Dr. Mittelman is trying to prove that the choir can make a difference in things like depression.

The choir is named "The Unforgettables" and they will be performing on Sept 1st at St. Peter’s Church on Lexington Ave in Manhattan.

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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