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Sauquoit Valley jazz ensemble gives the gift of music to Brookdale residents

Students from the Sauquoit Valley High School Jazz Ensemble gave back in a different way Monday – they gave the gift of music to residents at Brookdale Clinton.

Posted: Dec. 17, 2018 12:36 PM
Updated: Dec. 17, 2018 12:44 PM

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Students from the Sauquoit Valley High School jazz ensemble gave back in a different way Monday – they gave the gift of music to residents at Brookdale Clinton.

It’s an Alzheimer’s dementia care community with a total of 40 residents.

Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

"Some of our dementia residents that live here may not have as much conversations or get up and move a lot. When we have music they tend to get right up and dance, and even know some of the words to the songs,” said Jennifer Hut, the sales manager.

"Music is one of those things that makes a permanent connection, and we are just trying to bring that back and share some happiness with people,” said Stephanie Paine, the director of the Sauquoit Valley jazz ensemble.

Some of the songs played were Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Baby It’s Cold Outside, as well as other holiday classics.

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