Feb 27, 2013

Alzheimer's Patient Dotty Sings with Toy Parrot

My mother didn't laugh or smile for two long years. But once she started singing she laughed and had a grand old time. Singing also helped improve her communication.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Alzheimer's Patient Dotty Sings with Toy Parrot
I never heard my mother sing until she was 92 years old. At the time, she was in the moderate to severe stage of Alzheimer's disease.

When I asked my sister and brother if they ever heard my mother sing they said no.

Dotty actually started singing by accident. But once she started she never stopped, often singing obscure songs from the 1930s and 40s.

If you are patient and watch the video below you will notice Dotty laughing and having a grand old time. This was significant for a very important reason. For a two year period from 2003 into 2005 my mother didn't laugh or smile once. Not a single time.

After my mother started singing I used the Singers and Swing music channels on our television to get Dotty to sing. It worked like a charm and often put her in a good mood. The music also promoted better communication.

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In the video below you will notice Dotty singing with our two toy parrots - Harvey and Petey. Over time Harvey became Dotty's best friend. See Dotty and Harvey the Parrot Discuss Breakfast.

Over 600 readers of the Alzheimer's Reading Room have purchased a repeat parrot and used it as an effective caregiving tool.

Dotty went to Heaven on May 25, 2012.

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Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder and Editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room. Bob is a recognized Influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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