High school student helps Alzheimer’s patients

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Using music to help Alzheimer’s patients at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

The Girl Scouts and the Soldiers’ Home honored Holyoke Catholic High School student Lyndsey Pisano.

Pisano filled the Alzheimer’s patients’ iPods with music from 60 to 70 years ago. The familiar music proved to be therapeutic for the Soldiers Home residents.

“Some of the people were non-communicative. They just sat there. Wouldn’t look at anyone. But the moment the heard the I-pod playing they lit up,” said Pisano.

“She’s a great kid and she worked very hard on this project and she asked my opinion so I told here I remember Harry James and all the old time,” said John Attardi, Lyndsey’s 87-year-old grandfather.

Encouraged by her program’s early results with four Alzheimer’s patients, Lyndsey has filled iPods with nostalgic music for dozens more patients at the Soldiers’ Home.

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