CareerTEC Students Inspired To ‘Bring The Music Back’ To Local Alzheimer’s Patients

Freeport, IL, May 12, 2016 — CareerTEC’s Health Occupations Youth Apprenticeship (HOYA) first year students were inspired to “bring the music back” to local Alzheimer’s patients after watching a documentary, “Alive Inside”. This documentary showed the science and enhanced quality of life that music therapy brought to patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The documentary reveals the “uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short…it follows numerous visionaries in healthcare including social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it” (Alive Inside).

HOYA students also were further inspired and decided to take action after caring for patients during their CNA clinical rotations.

“We wanted to make a difference with the residents we cared for on a day to day basis. After seeing the impact that music made on the personalities and quality of life of even non-verbal residents, we were excited to bring music of their [the residents] era” (HOYA Student).

Juniors and Seniors of HOYA Program in the multi-school district consortium representing Aquin/Freeport, Durand, Dakota, Pearl City, and Pecatonica have worked diligently on researching the music genre of the patient population, raising funds for MP3 players and headphones, and worked on a budget to purchase the items. The original fundraising goal of $250 has been generously surpassed. As of 5/12/16 the students have raised $1040. Generous donations have been received from private donors, as well as from these local businesses:

Beltline Cafe
Kempel Urish Construction
Spahn and Rose Lumber-Pearl City
Little John’s Tap- Pearl City
State Bank of Pearl City
Preferred Real Estate of Illinois
Freeport Family Chiropractic

The students plan on delivering the MP3 players and headphones on May 18, 2016, preloaded with musical artists such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller. The goal is to be able to provide music for every long-term care facility in Freeport for patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.

Donations can be made via Go Fund Me at

(full movie is on Netflix)

HOYA Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Chambers, RN

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