My name is Kathy Lindberg and I am thrilled that you are here. If you have spent any time exploring the website, you know that I am a board-certified music therapist and that I work with older adults and those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. What you might not know is that my life has been touched by this disease. Both my maternal grandmother and my aunt were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and communicating with and caring for them became a challenge. Yet we found common ground….music.
I remember going to visit my aunt in a long term care facility. I recall sitting with her, taking her hand and greeting her only to hear her say, “Who are you?” No matter how prepared you think you are, nothing really stops the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you realize your family member doesn’t remember your shared life experiences anymore. In that situation it was time to create some new experiences with my aunt…through music. I began singing and my aunt came alive. She smiled, she laughed, she sang and she connected with me, my cousin and her peers. It brought a smile to my face.
I KNOW music reaches the deepest part of us. I have seen the tears of joy in the eyes of family members when their demented loved one emerges from the fog and expresses themselves through music and connects with them. I have seen residents in nursing homes who isolate themselves come to a group and interact with their peers. I have been a part of building relationships of people who live together but remain alone. I have been blessed over and over as residents share with me who they are and teach me new things.
I LOVE what I do and I KNOW music helps connect people. I am looking forward to sharing my passion for older adults and music as we share stories, resources and connect with one another.
Let the journey begin…