Harmonies for the Elderly

We offer free music enrichment services to people with Alzheimer's disease

Violinist performing at a nursing home


Harmonies for the Elderly is an organization of volunteers who provide free music enrichment services to nursing home residents, especially people with neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.  Since our inception in 2010, we have performed hundreds of concerts at nursing homes across the country. 


What are music enrichment services?

  • We specifically tailor our interactive musical sessions to the needs of our audience members at nursing homes 
  • We play songs from their childhood such as "Edelweiss" to elicit memories and facilitate sing-alongs
  • We encourage clapping to the beat or audience use of small percussion instruments to improve participation

Our founder discusses the ways in which music can help people with Alzheimer's disease in her 2015 TEDx Talk