LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Susan Young of Estero has a dream: to bring music, via iPod shuffles and MP-3 players, to Alzheimer's patients in Southwest Florida. She says her mother got joy from music in the final years of her battle against the disease.
"She would just brighten up when hearing the songs of her youth," says Young.
As a result, Young has founed Josephine's Joy, in honor of her mom, who passed away in 2008.
The non-profit will give free musical devices to people with Alzheimer's. Young delivered three shuffles to patients Monday at Cypress Cove Lodge in Lee county.
"This is something like an old, familiar friend-- the music of their younger years," says Young.
Bobbe Coyne, whose husband received a shuffle Monday, agrees.
"Look at him, he is singing! Oh, he really loves the songs of the 50s. This will really help him, keep him awake and singing, instead of sleeping," says Coyne.
Josephine's Joy is a non-profit and can accept donations of musical devices, as well as songs.
You can find the website at: josephinesjoy.org
Or, email Susan Young at: firstname.lastname@example.org