A local program has used music to invigorate and energize Nashville's senior citizens.
The program named Music for Seniors was inspired by founder Sarah Martin McConnell's mother, who after being diagnosed with mid-stage Alzheimer's disease was comforted by music.
McConnell was inspired to start Music for Seniors and now they're celebrating 10 years of operations. They provide as many of 95 live music programs monthly in 5 Middle Tennessee counties.
They have over 200 musicians that participate and 60 on a regular basis. They reach over 2,000 senior audience members monthly through ongoing music outreach sessions and a free once a month public concert at varying locations provided by community partners like the Frist, Nashville Jazz Workshop, Cheekwood, and others.
Coming up in 2017, they hope to begin hosting live performance learning labs at the Nashville Public Library where seniors can learn to play various instruments.