A heart-warming singalong

@JudyEv (134905)
Bunbury, Australia
May 27, 2017 3:14am CST
We came across a marvellous YouTube clip the other day and have been watching it on and off since. It is one of those clips which has gone viral and maybe many of you have already seen it. It is of a mother and son singing hymns together. The mother has Alzheimer’s and has had to go into an assisted living. Her son, Kelly Riding, visits when he can and they sing the old hymns together as they used to when the son was a child. The mother plays guitar and sings harmony without missing a beat. It is really heart-warming to watch. You might like it too if you haven’t already come across it. The photo is of my mother at the age of 101.
Mom is 88 now. She's in assisted living and has Alzheimer's but she can still play and sing better than anyone in my eyes. I realized while I was singing wit...
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
27 May 17
It is something that even with Alzheimer's disease at an advanced stage people hang on to those long term memories. I have also come across people who have had strokes. They are unable to speak but when it comes to singing they can sing their hearts out! Amazing.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 May 17
I don't know if you watched the clip or not but the woman never looks at her fingers, just keeps strumming away with little fill-ins now and then. I read once that 'singing' sits in a different part of the brain to 'speech' but I don't know if that is right or not.
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@ramapo17 (25615)
• Melbourne, Florida
15 Jul 17
My mom had Alzheimer's and a stroke but couldn't do anything after that. She lived for 6 years after them in a wheel chair.
@ramapo17 (25615)
• Melbourne, Florida
15 Jul 17
@JudyEv That is very interesting. When my mom had a stroke and alzheimers I use to have a cd player near her and her favorite music playing. She seemed to enjoy it.
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• United States
27 May 17
Cripes Judy that brought tears to the old eye of me haha. Your Mothers photo here is so lovely, bless, thanks for sharing it with us.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 May 17
The video brought tears to my eyes too. They just had such a connection didn't they? Glad you liked the photo too. :)
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• United States
27 May 17
@JudyEv Oh yes they did. No doubt..I have to ask is your Mother still alive Judy, didn't want to assume?
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• United States
28 May 17
@JudyEv I am sorry Judy. She was simply beautiful.
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• Preston, England
27 May 17
lovely tender idea
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 May 17
She never needs to look at her hands as she's playing. I found it very moving.
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• Preston, England
28 May 17
@JudyEv I saw a movie on how music can reach people suffering from Alzheimer's and recommending it be prescribed as treatment
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Jun 17
@arthurchappell The benefits of music on Alzheimer's patients seems to be getting more attention lately.
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@LadyDuck (176861)
• Switzerland
27 May 17
This clip is so sweet. It is incredible how people affected by Alzheimer’s disease can still remember songs and long term stories, but nothing of the present. Very nice photo of your Mother.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 May 17
Thanks and isn't it amazing that the lady can still play and sing harmonies so beautifully.
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@IreneVincent (16025)
• United States
24 Jun 17
This was delightful. I suggested it to a few of my followers. What a beautiful MOM you have.
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@Shiva49 (13998)
• Singapore
25 Jun 17
Thanks Alice for suggesting, I did see this and commented too. The photo of Judy's mother is so endearing reflecting a life well lived - siva
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jun 17
Thanks for suggesting the post. Mums are very special aren't they? I think of her every day because she loved her flowers and garden so much. Every time I see a pretty flower I think of how she would have enjoyed seeing it.
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• United States
27 Jun 17
@JudyEv Yes, I miss my Mom and Dad very much. My hope is in the resurrection, that I will see them again some day. God has promised us that in the Bible. Acts 24:15
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@RubyHawk (29488)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 May 17
It's heartwarming and sad. Your mother is a beautiful lady.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Jun 17
That's true. Thanks for the kind words.
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@RubyHawk (29488)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 Jun 17
@JudyEv I hope she continues to do well.
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@DianneN (85223)
• United States
29 May 17
I knew that photo had to be your mother. There is a strong resemblance between you two. What a lovely photo! Yes, I've seen that video. Very touching.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Jun 17
Isn't that interesting that you can see a likeness? Thank you. I don't mind looking like my Mum. I hope I have some of her strengths too.
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@DianneN (85223)
• United States
5 Jun 17
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@FayeHazel (20033)
• United States
1 Jun 17
Wow! Over 100! That sounds like a sweet video too
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Jun 17
I'm sure you'd enjoy the video if you get the chance to listen to it.
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 May 17
101! My mother lived to 99. It is amazing that patients like that can recall music.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 17
Mum also had a great memory for poems that she had learnt in school. 99 is a good innings too.
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@just4him (127251)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Jun 17
That was excellent! I've heard that music is a great help to people with Alzheimer's. Great picture of your mother.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Jun 17
Thanks. I'm glad you liked both. I love the video clip. You can just see the love between them.
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@ramapo17 (25615)
• Melbourne, Florida
16 Jul 17
I always had music playing for my mom when she was in a wheel chair from a stroke and also had Alzheimer's. She use to sing along with it.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jul 17
@ramapo17 I'm sure your mother really enjoyed those sessions singing along with music she knew and loved.
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@buenavida (8213)
• Sweden
31 May 17
It is amaing that she can remember the words and can play well - One friend told me that when she was working at a home with elderly, that they could remember the songs they sang when they were young..
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 17
The dear old soul never even looks at her guitar. Those chords must be buried so deep in her memory.
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@buenavida (8213)
• Sweden
8 Jun 17
@JudyEv Maybe that part of her brain is functioning well.. Music can be powerful! !
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@ramapo17 (25615)
• Melbourne, Florida
16 Jul 17
That is amazing @buenavida
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
7 Jun 17
Yes this is amazing. It is awesome that something like this can continue to draw them together.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Jun 17
That's true. He seems such a lovely son.
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@silvermist (20116)
• India
27 May 17
@JudyEv That is a heartwarming video to share with us.That is a lovely picture of your mother.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 May 17
Thanks. I'm glad you liked both. I thought the video was just the most touching thing I've seen in a long time.
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@Juliaacv (33360)
• Canada
27 May 17
That's a nice picture of your mother. What a wonderful clip!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 May 17
It is a wonderful clip. I just love the way she watches her son. You can just about see the love flowing between them. I'm glad you like the photo. I think it is the nicest we have of her in her later years.
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@cacay1 (33203)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
28 May 17
Very nice photo of your mom, she looks so great mom.The video makes me cry too.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Jun 17
It is a lovely video isn't it?
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@cacay1 (33203)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Jun 17
@JudyEv , yes true,lovely and heart warming video.
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@cacay1 (33203)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Jun 17
@JudyEv Mom and son are best friends.Mom never forgets the lyrics. She seems enjoying the singing with a guitar accompaniment, This can help her improve her memory.
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• United States
28 May 17
Thank you for sharing that. My mom was 88 and still enjoyed singing with her musical friends. They had a luncheon once a month and loved to sing together. They miss her.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Jun 17
I'm sure her friends do miss your Mom. Music seems to be one of the last things to 'go' from the memory,
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• United States
10 Jun 17
@JudyEv It's sad to see, I saw Kris Kristophersen awhile back, He did a one man show and could still remember most of his songs. Once in a while he messed up but you know he is almost done performing. So many of the greats now are at that point, Probably always have been but we just weren't as aware.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun 17
@Jeanniemaries That's pretty sad. All that era would have to be getting on in years now.
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@jstory07 (70023)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 Jun 17
Thanks for sharing. I have not came across this yet. I will go and listen now.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jun 17
I feel sure you'll be moved by it. They have such a close rapport.
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@1hopefulman (32558)
• Canada
31 May 17
Congratualtions on the long life of your mom! That was a very nice video.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 17
Thanks - and I'm glad you liked the video.
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@Marty1 (36177)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
25 Jun 17
How is your mother doing? Great video. I don't usually go on YouTube must try it someday!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jun 17
I don't watch much on YouTube but if someone suggests something I'll watch it.
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@Marty1 (36177)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
26 Jun 17
@JudyEv same with me! I don't seem to find time to have extra sites to visit!
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@rebelann (42841)
• El Paso, Texas
27 May 17
That is a sweet video. It's a shame she has Alzheimer's. Mom used to sing too, then shortly after she turned 97 she had a stroke and couldn't speak anymore after that. I was lucky enough to have gotten some videos of her singing but I haven't posted them on YouTube.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 May 17
It is very sad when they become unable to speak. I had an uncle who lost his speech through a stroke but when it first happened he would try to hard to talk to us making all these 'noises' slowly and carefully but you couldn't make sense of them. Very sad.
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@rebelann (42841)
• El Paso, Texas
28 May 17
Exactly @JudyEv it's heartbreaking to see the look on their face when they realize they aren't making sense ..... at least mom could still hum, then she'd smile.
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