Helping Alzheimer’s Patients Through Music and Social Media

Here’s a great story about a young person harnessing the power of social media to help a loved one suffering from Alzhiemers. From ABC7 in California.

“85-year-old Charles Mallet likes to cook, dance and make TikTok videos with his granddaughter Basia.

The former IBM engineer and Navy veteran was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s seven years ago. When Basia saw how much fun her grandfather had making the first TikTok video back in March of 2019, she knew she had to keep it going.

“I see him smiling. I see him dancing. I see him cooking things that he used to do before he got diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” Basia said. “And honestly, I feel like I’ve discovered something new for him to do and just for him to get better.”

With reshares from entertainers like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, the viral videos have not only gathered a following of nearly five million, but they’ve also helped bring some joy.

“Once she saw how engaged he was with that first video, and then they started doing baking videos, he started dancing,” said Dr. Monica Mallet, Charles’ daughter. “He started to ask to make the videos ‘Do you need me for video?'”

Sometimes just reaching out to a suffering loved one and asking if they want to participate can make all of the difference.

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