Thanks to a grant award, a local nonprofit will be able to continue providing a unique form of therapy for those suffering from dementia.

For the past five years, the Robert W. & Maxine C. Parker Foundation has funded the Music and Art Therapy programs at the Be Our Guest Adult Day, a program of Livingston County Catholic Charities which serves individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Now, thanks to a $10,000 gift from the Parker Foundation, they will be able to continue their weekly music therapy and art programs at the center, cover activity supplies and bring in other activities.

LCCC officials say music therapy is a very important component of the program at Be Our Guest as research has shown that long after a person with dementia loses the ability to verbally communicate, music continues to help maintain their cognitive abilities. The grant is also expected to help provide family style entertainment for guests and their families, including Supe’s Exotic Animals, an Elvis impersonator, magician and Paint & Pour.

Because community events can be overwhelming to clients, program officials say providing a safe place for the whole family, including children and grandchildren, to interact and enjoy entertainment in a quiet and familiar environment is invaluable. (JK)