Classical Journey Episode 139 – Musical therapy for Alzheimer’s

In celebration of the 21st June World Music Day, I attended an Alzheimer’s Outreach put together by Gabi Williams Foundation. It was a night of classical music supplied by Vesta violins (I’d be featuring them on this show soon). We had cocktails and an art exhibition of works by sufferers of Alzheimer’s. It was quite enlightening. For great effect, I will be speaking to Toun Williams, a director of the Foundation on the show.

Olatoun Williams

Olatoun Williams is an entrepreneur. Olatoun Williams is also the founder and Executive Director of the children’s charity, Sponsor A Child which has successfully promoted child welfare in Nigerian institutions, particularly orphanages, since 2003. As founder/executive director of Sponsor A Child, through the provision of resource centres and playgrounds, she has reached over 3,000 children in institutions and orphanages. A published author, a literary reviewer, television presenter and a child rights advocate, she is also chairman of the Editorial Board of Victoria Island Police Community Relations Committee, (PCRC) and a member of the Africa Book Group – a voluntary association of international women readers. She is a director of the Gabi Williams Foundation.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), also referred to simply as Alzheimer’s, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and worsens over time. It is the cause of 60–70% of cases of dementia.
The cause of Alzheimer’s disease is poorly understood. About 70% of the risk is believed to be genetic with many genes usually involved. Other risk factors include a history of head injuries, depression, or hypertension. The disease process is associated with plaques and tangles in the brain. A probable diagnosis is based on the history of the illness and cognitive testing with medical imaging and blood tests to rule out other possible causes. Initial symptoms are often mistaken for normal ageing.

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