(original) Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era


I have one resident that barely opens her
eyes, she didn’t respond. As much as I tried for two years, no matter
what I tried- massage wouldn’t work, nothing worked. When we got introduced to the iPods, and the
family told me the things that she liked, it was amazing once we put the iPod on her. She started shaking her feet, she started
moving her head, her son was just amazed. Ok, can we stop because now I’m getting (becomes
emotional)- I’m seeing her all over again. “Hi papa. Hi papa.” “Huh?” “How you doing?” “I’m alright.” “Who am I?” (mumbles) “Ok, it’s Cheri.” How long has he been in the nursing home? Approximately ten years. He was having seizures and my mother couldn’t
handle him at home. Of course it affected me greatly because he
was always fun-loving, singing, every occasion he would come out with a song no matter where
he was. I remember as a child he used to walk us down
the street near my brother and he would stop and do ‘Singing in the Rain.” He would have us jumping and swinging around
poles. He was good, he was always into music. You know?Always loved singing and dancing.” His name is Henry Drayer.” “Uh huh.” “And we’re looking more or less for religious
music for him. Because he enjoys music and is always quoting
the Bible, so I’d rather have that for him.” We first see Henry inert, maybe depressed,
unresponsive and almost unalive. “Henry?” “Yeah?” “I found your music.” “Oh, wow.” “You want your music now?” (Henry begins singing, incomprehensible) “Let’s
try your music ok? And you can tell me if it’s too loud or not.” But then he is given an iPod containing his
favorite music. (Henry begins to sing and becomes energized)
And immediately he lights up. His face assumes expression, his eyes open
wide, he starts to sing and to rock and to move his arms and he’s being animated by the
music. And he used to always sit on the unit with
his head like this. He didn’t really talk too much to people and
then when I introduced the music to him this is his reaction ever since. (laughs) The philosopher Kant once called
music “the quickening art” and Henry is being quickened. “I’m going to
give it back to you.” The effect of this doesn’t stop because when
the headphones are taken off Henry, normally mute and virtually unable to answer the simplest
yes or no questions, is quite voluble. “Henry?” “Yeah?” “Do you like the iPod? Do you like the music you’re hearing?” “Yes.” “Tell me about your music.” “Well, I don’t have none…” “Do you like music?” “Yeah, I’m crazy about music. You play beautiful music, beautiful sounds. Beautiful.” “Did you like music when you were young?” “Yes, I went to big dances and things.” “What was your favorite music when you were
young?” “Well, I guess Cab Calloway was my number
one band guy I liked.” (begins to scat) “What was your favorite Cab
Calloway song?” “Oh, I’ll be home for Christmas (sings) you
can count on me, with plenty of snow, mistletoe, presents wrapped ’round your tree, ooh!” So in some sense Henry is restored to himself. He has remembered who he is and he has reacquired
his identity for a while through the power of music. “What does music do to you?” Through this beautiful, new technology you
can have all the music which is significant for you in something as big as a matchbox
or whatever. And I think this may be very, very important
in helping to animate and organize and bring a sense of identity back to people who are
‘out of it’ otherwise. Music will bring them back ‘into it,’ into
their own personhood and their own memories, autobiographies.

100 thoughts on “(original) Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era

  1. He's an Ego-less man. The innocent man still lives inside. His humanity and emotional love has survived his cognitive death.

  2. Beautiful. Just one thing came to my mind. They should make questionnaires with personal questions, that are obligatory to fill out when entering a retirement home. I know thats going to be a lot of confidential data, but still it would make a lot of sense. No one can really know human beings just from working with them, especially if they can not talk to them. And no one has the time to check their entire family background, too. So they should ask them stuff like: Favourite food, music, movies, books, other hobbies and interests, whatever. Things you would write in a kids friendship book. Then a trained nurse could quickly get a glance on this people lives and help much better of course.

  3. <3 <3 <3 What a bliss to see Henry (and other people) It's a lot of emotion, I cry a lot when I saw him .. Thanks for all that we do for us … Many support from France <3

  4. I have seen this in a small way in our music visits to nursing homes, It is so rewarding.
    We sing the songs we know they love and they respond by lighting up and singing. Their eyes are clearer and they smile at us. It is amazing and heart warming.

  5. Not to say that music doesn't help neurologically, and help tie memory making neurons (it does), but when the lady came up and started touching him, it seemed like he was saying, you're in my bubble, and as his quality of life improved with the music he was more receptive to engage in the first place, because he had hope. He seemed coherent from the beginning.

  6. Dislikes to this video ??! How/Why you dat (dislikes?)..? Please answer me … I think this video is awesome , I have fam with this condition and this video has helped me understand (a little bit) more, in how to converse woth my Great Aunt…

  7. One day…

    It won't be soon; I'll be old, fat and happy by then, hopefully, but if I ever get to this point, I hope someone will play one song or another for me~

  8. Your content is dope man!  Keep cranking out more videos like these, I’m definitely taking notes.  You should check out one of my other favorite channels, this artist named "Hunnid"  I have a bunch of his videos on my page.

  9. music is a perfect incorporation of practically all senses. completness. without any effort !
    plain and simple singing or playing an instrument is the best thing man ever made.

  10. the dementia spectrum of illnesses is far too cruel a fate for anyone to endure or to be afflicted with – I would not even wish it upon the worst of mankind, for to lose the very essence that defines oneself, that is a fate far worst than death.

  11. I've read before that at 4:25 people believe he is scat singing & upon searching Cab Calloway has a song called The Scat Song. I also think the christmas song he sings is actually Bing Crosby I'll Be Home For Christmas & I saw on another site some thought the Rosalie song could possibly be by Will Osborne. I wanted to find these songs as my dad is 80 years old with alzheimers & I'm sure he would recognise them.

  12. OH WOW…As a nurse, I find this particularly amazing! He literally rose from the dead; the dead arena where he resided, trapped within the confines of a diseased mind but found what he had happily locked away in memory & love. What a beautiful voice he has. I am so happy he found his voice & joy‼️

  13. Jun Barathy We heard about a family where the husband has dementia, I wrote and suggested they collect recorded music from you era, leave in a room alone and play the cd's Did I do right , everyone has a special song they remember, mine is Yesterday, your reply please

  14. Ay SCHS Physiology (☞ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)☞
    Anyways, this is a heart-warming video 10/10
    Bless Henry and other people w/ the condition as well

  15. As a DJ and music producer, this made me cry. All it takes is a simple reminder like this to remember why we create music and how truly important it is in human life. It is in the bustle of a busy city, it is in nature, and it is in you (your heart is a metronome!).

  16. I've watched this multiple times and it still gets me. Watching that man light up like that is a beautiful moment caught on film

  17. The power of music…plants and animals react to it. Fantastic therapy. 🌈 when I think of any songs in the 60s I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I first heard it. This lovely man , you can feel his pleasure bless him.

  18. Activity Directors, especially long term care, usual try to get all residents into all activities. These always included guests that sang, church services, and chance to play musical instruments. Residents that weren't as able to attend had tv in their rooms, and (cheap) portable tape players, also books on tape are available that included a non portable tape player.

  19. "So in some sense Henry is restored to himself. He has remembered who he is, and he has reacquired his identity for a while, through the power of music."

  20. "Wow", goes to show you how music connects to our emotions more than we know and why wouldn't it considering when we are sad ,happy all songs connect up our souls I can tell you my first song I connected to at just 6 yrs of age Baby Love by The Supremes I can remember being in the backseat of the car hearing it for the first time on the radio and that was my regulation of the first song I ever heard and my nana oh my she's passed bit I know all her favorites , I'll be seeing you in all familiar places and Ave Maria was her number one song of all songs I'm going to cry being I feel nursing homes are so isolating in the first place I'm so happy no matter what we kept our grandparents I believe homes away from family the noticing touches of your loved ones only depresses the human beings soul it's as if you put them into a cage there s no one and they do say I'm going to the grave from here and that to hits there soul and brakes their spirits they had their freedom a life and now they are sitting in a hospital more or less counting down the lonilness waiting for it to all end just as you all sat music brings back their memories a bit I know some people age differently with this desease they have outbursts of anger , crying jahs, laughter it's just awful my grandmother would sometimes be in fear truly and we always try to act normal and when we would walk in we always annouced who we where example- hi nanna it's Kelly she then reply huh I'd say again it's Kelly ad shed say oh, oh Kelly and then I'd proceed to talk to her she never let me know if she didn't remember me or the subjects matters we spoke of she too just went on as if it was a normal day I wish that we could be given the choice to be put to death just lay down go to sleep and call it a day especially if you've been diagnosed with a desease that was going to take you why do humans have to suffer we put our animals to sleep look I'll never understand why humans have to suffer on a death bed it's inhumane in my eyes I've seen to many old folk dye!! Blessings

  21. In 2008, my mom had a stroke and was in a coma after the surgery. I traveled to Hyderabad, India, to be with her. I was told by the Neuro Surgeon and the head of Neuro Pathology that she was not going to recover and I should let her die in peace like a good son and not make her and everyone around suffer with my selfish obstinacy.

    I didn't believe their bullshit. So I just went early in the morning to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and stayed with her all day long, sitting next to her bed, holding her hand, and talking to her, ignoring the looks I got and the giggles of the nurses amongst themselves.

    Then I got an iPod Nano (with no display), loaded it with my mom's favorite devotional songs, and put the headphones on her ears. I could notice her reacting in subtle ways over the course of the day and the next day too.

    But the surgeon still refused to believe me, and kept saying I should just let her die in peace!

    So when he went of town a couple of days later, I met with his assistant surgeon, got him to agree to spend a good ten minutes – and not just the usual cursory few seconds they spent examining her before declaring her unlikely to recover – while I coaxed my mom with the music, and my touch.

    Sure enough, she moved her face a bit and the doctor immediately agreed to reverse her medical protocols – and just two days later my dear mom was in a chair with her eyes wide open. A month later was at home, and 3 months later, they remove her trachiastomy tube from her throat and she was able to start speaking!

    She remembered everyone and everything. However, the stroke had damaged some of her brain cells, and the delay in surgery and the terrible follow up care had caused irreversible damage, preventing her from ever being able to walk. But she lived for 3 more years, and I was able to talk to her and take care of her and enjoy her company.

    Goes to show how everyone is humanly flawed, and we need to challenge them in order to make them do their best. Had I not pushed the doctors, my mom would have died in the ICU 3 years earlier, due to the neglect by the doctors.

  22. Take this as a lesson.
    To all who have friends and family with Alzheimer's, dementia or related struggles THIS IS A SIGN OF HOPE.
    Play them music, take them outside, blow the dust off your Nintendo Wii.

    The medicine is to stay active.

  23. If it comes to this, I want my kid to play me the Smith's, many happy memories listening to it. Morrisey can bring me back, I know it

  24. Ah man, once again the POWER of music. This is the reason i want to bring Instrumental Inspiration to the world. thanks for this post. So powerful.

  25. Our ministry is providing one hour of old hymns, gospel and patriotic songs to local venues and inviting memory care communities to bring their residents.
    To see the faces of those who came in just brighten up, clap, even get up and dance brings JOY to them and to us.
    Military veterans will salute when patriotic anthems are played. It's just beautiful. www.ivegotjoy.com

  26. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease nearly 4 years ago, at age 51. I had a stooped posture, tremors, muscle stiffness, sleeplessness, and slow movement. I was placed on Sinemet for 7 months and then Sifrol and rotigotine were introduced which replaced the Sinemet but I had to stop due to side effects. I was in denial for a while as there is no history of PD in my family. I also used amantadine, and physical therapy to strengthen muscles all failed. I decided to adopt a more natural approach and started on Parkinson's Herbal formula from Organic Herbal Clinic, the Parkinson's natural formula immensely helped my condition, i had a total recovery from PD with this natural herbal formula treatment. Organic Herbal Clinic official web site www . organicherbalclinic . com. I feel alive again!!

  27. I've seen this video a few times an I think it's so amazing how music allows him to open up an recall so many memories.

  28. The people who disliked this video, what kind of mental issues do they have, exactly?

    How in the world can you dislike something like that?

  29. Henry..you warm my heart and so do the nurses, your my hero of the year my friend..hugs all round…rock on champ 🤘🎶👌

  30. I'm a care assistant and I belive music therapy is the best therapy with people who live with dementia and other types of memory loss I always play music for them and even sing with them and it's as if they revert back to their era and for a brief moment feels like their memory is back it's so heart warming

  31. my grandma is in a nursing home now. I came and played patriotic songs on the piano the other day and she sang like she was back in the choir! she lit right up. she always remembers me and my mom but she never remembers my dad.

  32. The best scene of the movie Coco was based on real science.

    Remember me… though I have to say goodbye…

  33. " It gives me the feeling of love, romance! I figure right now the world needs to come into music, singing, you've got beautiful music here! Beautiful, oh lovely! I feel band of love, of dream. The Lord came to me made me holy, I'm a holy man. So he gave me these sounds." HENRY

  34. That is wonderful! How long did he listen to the music before he became responsive as shown in the video?

  35. THIS IS NOT A BOARD CERTIFIED MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM……Do your homework….You have to go to College. Contact The American Music Therapy Association

  36. I was in the car with my dad, and my grandma with dementia was in the backseat. I had my phone hooked up and was playing music like I usually do when I drive. When Que Sera Sera came on I turned it down a bit because I heard my grandma singing along with it. Normally she talks constantly no matter what is going on around her. I parked and asked my dad if he heard her singing and he said no, so I played it again, and she started signing again.

    She's in a dementia ward now, and the thing with the music happened months ago. I wonder if she would still respond

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