Music therapy has been known to help Alzheimer’s patients recall memories and emotions, even in very late stages of the disease. Alpha Zeta Omega recognized The Longest Day, a day honoring the strength and courage of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, by bringing the magic of Motown to the Durham Center for Senior Life for what we named “AKA Flashback Friday: Motown Senior Prom”!

We researched music therapy and hoped for even a small reaction or recollection of the greatest hits. However, what we witnessed was remarkable! The 150 participants were a bit quiet and withdrawn upon arrival, however once the DJ started, they did a total 180 degree turn. The music definitely woke them up and they thoroughly enjoyed a fun and rewarding trip down memory lane. The dance floor was packed the entire time!

While we held the event to serve those in our community living with Alzheimer’s disease, the pleasure was definitely all ours as we witnessed the powerful impact of music therapy. To keep the party going year-round, we made a financial donation to the Durham Center for Senior Life to invest in iPods and music for the patients to listen to at any given time.

Special thanks to the Beta Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the NCCU Football Team for partying with us as well!

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