McLean County Nursing Home

McLean County Diversity Project   c/o Jeffrey A. Schwartz   PO Box 58   Downs, IL  61736

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The halls came alive with the sound of music - many times - over several school years!
 
The music was the result of hard work and dedication by Jessica Tung and her creation: 'Music to Share'.
 
According to the American Music Therapy Association, Inc.: “Research results and clinical experiences attest to the viability of music therapy even in those who are resistive to other treatment approaches. Music is a form of sensory stimulation, which provokes responses due to the familiarity, predictability, and feelings of security associated with it.”
 
While most of us, including the residents, don’t think of music in those terms, it is exactly those reasons that make music so valuable to them. Even the residents who weren’t aware of what they were exposed to were responding to the music.
 
As I often suggest; music is half of a winning combination for the residents of McLean County Nursing Home. The other half is youth.
 
'Music to Share' brings much to our senior population.
 
Assembled in the multiple purpose room to experience the concerts, the residents become energized.
 
Music transports them to places they cannot go on their own.
 
All of a sudden eyes light up; hands clap; feet tap; words are sung. Y ounger days are recalled. L ong ago and far away seem just like yesterday.

A t ransformative, if not magical, elixir for sure.
 
The numerous 'Music to Share' artists consistently presented incredibly diverse assemblies of musical sources: piano, brass, woodwinds, strings, vocal performances as well as, dance.
 
Every time I watched a performance, I wondered how they managed to bring so much energy to the McLean County Nursing Home.

I now realize how it all came together.

Above and beyond the talented contributions of all the artists including their free-time on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, it was Jessica's waving a magic wand that brought it all together.

He r ability to coordinate the many facets required to bring together such a talented group of artists - solely for the benefit of the residents - leaves me speechless.

For days on end after any given performance, residents would comment about how wonderful everything was.

And, this is an accomplishment in its own right for folks who can’t always remember as well as they used to.

That Jessica created a sustainable model insuring many more years of "Music to Share" to come, takes my breath away.

When I think of Jessica, I think of a phrase from The Sound of Music: “My heart will be blessed with the sound of music, and I'll sing once more.”

Thank you, Jessica.

You won’t be forgotten.

- Judy Peppers, Volunteers Coordinator
McLean County Nursing Home
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