Founded in 2015, the Songbook Foundation's "Perfect Harmony" program offers music experiences for people with Alzheimer's, dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. This new program has been launched in collaboration with the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimers Association.
The Great American Songbook Foundation's Exhibit Gallery at the Center for the Performing Arts is open to the public year-round, Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm, with volunteers on site to help you make the most of your visit.
Regularly scheduled group programs are available for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer's and their caregivers. For more information, contact the Songbook Foundation at 317.844.2251.
The Songbook Exhibit Gallery is handicapped accessible, offering elevator access from the ground level. Drop-off access is available via the west entrance to the Palladium, near the Box Office. Free parking can be found nearby this entrance.
All Songbook Exhibit Gallery visits and programs are FREE.
Perfect Harmony sessions in the Songbook Exhibit Gallery typically involve:
* overview of Songbook-themed Gallery exhibits
* use of interactive video screen
* music-related fun and games
* group sing-alongs of Songbook favorites with a live accompanist
* discussion of familiar and treasured songs
* rhythm and movement activities
* special song requests
The Power of Music
Music can enliven the brain and bring joy to people of all abilities, even those with memory problems. The healing power of music is becoming increasingly apparent in numerous studies, as well as in varied practical applications. A comprehensive article in the March/April 2015 issue of Scientific American Mind, “The Healing Power of Music,” describes the results of research, along with specific examples of music’s impact on the brain. The greatest benefits from music therapy- cognitive, emotional and social- come from intentional engagement with music. We are proud to offer our Perfect Harmony senior programming each month at the Songbook Foundation.
Here's what participants are saying about Perfect Harmony!
"Just wanted to again thank each of you for providing an inspiring & wonderful visit for our seniors of Summer Trace last week! Each and every one of them enjoyed it, and I heard them touting it afterwards to many who did not attend. Personally, I think it's one of the best things we've done together! I/we thank you again for a job very well done!"
Joan Wolfe, Activities Director at Summer Trace Retirement Community
"My mother isn't happy very often, but she is always happy when we leave the monthly Perfect Harmony sessions. I cannot thank you enough."
Frequent program participant who attends as her mother's caregiver