Our mission is to bring music into the lives of those with special needs including seniors, children, and all who share a love for music in the community.
“Music Has Power”...
especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. It can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease. Music can shift moods, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.
A person’s ability to engage in music, particularly rhythm playing and singing, remains intact late into the disease process.
WHAT WE DO
Souls In Harmony is a 501c3 organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of those individuals who are encumbered by a special need or barrier. It could be a financial need or a physical or mental need. Through music and mentorship as well as education, we strive to share the the language of music that transcends all ages and wellness barriers.
Through continual support (Grants & Financial Partners), Volunteering (Musicians, Mentors & Staff), and Donations (Devices & Instruments), We strive to create simple, natural and non-invasive
music-based Programs that bring love, connection and care to those with Cognitive disorders.
2019 Alzheimer’s Statistics
Worldwide, nearly 50 million people have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. (Alzheimer’s Disease International)
Only 1-in-4 people with Alzheimer’s disease have been diagnosed. (Alzheimer’s Disease International)
Caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia shoulder a heavy load. The latest facts on Alzheimer’s show that caregivers spent over 18.5 billion hours of their own time last year, “a contribution valued at nearly $234 billion,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s report. In addition, the report found that 83 percent of these caregivers—mostly family and friends—were unpaid.
While some people develop Alzheimer’s in their 40’s or 50’s, others can develop the disease as early as their 30’s. Processes that eventually lead to Alzheimer’s symptoms, including a build-up of brain plaques, can start as early as our 20’s.
The 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report reveals that one in 10 Americans age 65 or older have Alzheimer’s disease.
When the first wave of baby boomers reaches age 85 (in 2031), it is projected that more than 3 million people age 85 and older will have Alzheimer’s. (Alzheimer’s Association)
One-third of Americans over age 85 are afflicted with the illness. (Alzheimer’s Association)
Over 5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease
The Alzheimer’s Association found that Alzheimer’s deaths have increased by 145 percent between 2000 and 2017. A 2014 study discovered that in 2010, nearly 503,400 people who were over age 75 died from some form of dementia. This estimate was about five times higher than most predictions.