This Musician is Still Making His Alzheimer’s Suffering Mother Smile

by John Brodgian | March 7, 2015 10:16 am

When you have a terminally ill parent, there is little you won’t do to ease their suffering.  For songwriter Joe Fraley[1], he wrote songs for his mother Judy who is currently in the final stages of Alzheimer’s.  Make sure you grab a tissue before clicking play…

From sitting lifeless to smiling and standing, this is the heartwarming moment an Alzheimer’s patient undergoes a startling transformation as her musician son performs for her. Joe Fraley, 34, from Los Angeles, California, filmed the moment he played his guitar and sang for his 70-year-old mother Judy at her nursing home. As he plays away, video footage shows his sole spectator suddenly getting into the swing of things. At one point she shakes her hands along to the rhythm and then at the end she stands on two feet to say ‘bravo’.

He said the song he sung to her was about ‘focusing on the things that make you feel good about yourself and make your life worth living.’

Joe Fraley has other songs he’s written for an sung for his mom on his YouTube[2] page.  Turning to music to cope and heal is very common.  Country legend Glen Campbell, also suffering from Alzheimer’s, recently released his final song (and a love letter to his family) “I’m Not Going to Miss You[3].”


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