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TeleSpan's Elliot Gold's next act: Using the power of music to help people suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's

April 13, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Sheila Mendes-Coleman / Pasadena Weekly

After his friend Bernie suffered a stroke, Altadena author Elliot Michael Gold began visiting him at a rehab facility in Tarzana. Desperate for a way to communicate, Gold bought Bernie a satellite radio subscription and began playing music to him during their time together.

"I'd go visit him in Tarzana every single day and I'd talk to him," Gold said. "I don't believe stroke victims can't communicate, as many people think. I got XM Radio as a subscription for him, and put on '50s music full time. Every once in a while, I'd go in there and he'd remember the music."

Although Gold's friend passed away, he was left with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the staff members and a crushing sadness for the residents.

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