Lincoln Center Moments

Lincoln Center Moments


Lincoln Center Moments is a program designed for people with
dementia and their caregivers, where they attend a
performance at Lincoln Center and it’s followed by
an art making activity. Today we had
people with dementia, and their family
members and caregivers, to come in and see a
performance of a string quartet. Often you don’t really know what you’re going
to expect from an audience, and the energy in the
room when you go into a concert, but what was interesting for me
is that this, in some ways, really felt like most
of our concerts. There wasn’t anything
extremely different. You could really feel the appreciation
of the music we’re playing, and you really can sense from the
audience their attachment to the music. The arts are an avenue to connect with,
and touch, and engage beyond all of that
cognitive disability, especially the performing arts. The immediacy of a music performance
has an enormous power to improve quality of life
for people with Alzheimer’s, and in many ways help
that person come to life again and we know that musical
center for the brain remains intact. That people can respond,
and respond with pleasure, with joy, with
great happiness. What a great gift. People were so grateful to have
Lincoln Center within the city offering them
such assistance. Just watching these
people listening to music, It’s unbelievable. It puts them on a
completely different level. Many people with dementia
feel an incredible sense of isolation and they don’t have as
much access to the arts as they may have
had previously. And we think this program
is an amazing way for them to reconnect the things that were
meaningful to them in the past, and to look beyond
their disability to participate in
the arts again.

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