Posted by Patrick McMahon

On February 1, 2018, the speakers at our rotary lunch meeting were Cheryl Wendt and Patty Homan, both of Lutheran Life Communities.  Today we learned how music was able to change lives through a grant from Rotary.  Lutheran Life Communities used the grant it received from Rotary to fund its Songs By Heart program.  The Songs By Heart program was created by Nancy Gustafson and brings music to Alzheimer’s patients at many senior communities, and is entirely funded by private donations.  The program utilizes the power of music to teach, transform and heal.  The Rotary donation brought the Songs By Heart program to Lutheran Life Communities 20 times for the enjoyment of Alzheimer’s and memory care patients and their families.

 

Paddy closed the lunch with a terrific performance of the Irish classic “Danny Boy“ sung in both English and Irish languages, which certainly changed our lives, at least for a little while on a cold Thursday.