We lost my grandmother almost two years ago, but I’ll probably never be able to stop thinking about what I could have done to make her last few years easier. She suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, so as time wore on she could no longer recognize us and barely had a full grasp on herself. The day I realized that she didn’t know my name or exactly who I was, but did know that I was someone she liked a lot and wanted to hug, my heart broke a little. But I never stopped wondering if there could be a touchstone that I could provide her with to bring her back from the brink of oblivion — a book? A photograph? An old Mahalia Jackson record? We tried some things, and a few made her perk up, but I guess I’ll never really know how much I could have further enhanced her golden years.

So when a friend passed me this video, which features a man in a nursing home becoming restored by listening to old Cab Calloway tunes, my heart was instantly warmed. Watch and think about it:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, especially if you care for elders!

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