The number of Americans living with a neurocognitive disease whether it is Alzheimer's or Parkinson's is growing rapidly. It is estimated by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's dementia may grow to 13.8 million at this current pace.
Every 3 seconds someone develops dementia
1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or dementia.
10 million people worldwide have Parkinson's Disease.
Although it is important to recognize the broad scope of this issue, it is equally important to remember the actual impact it has on people's lives. A neurodegenerative diagnosis results in depression, anxiety, and feelings of isolation for both the person and their loved ones.
WHY MUSICAL SUPPORT GROUPS?
There is a stigma attached to loved ones with a neurodegenerative diagnosis and their caregivers that often leads to depression, anxiety, and feeling isolated. Research has shown that musical support groups provide a shared activity that fosters a sense of community where participants can enjoy and feel comfortable about having or caring for someone with a neurocognitive diagnosis.