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Jakarta Post

Music comforts people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers

  • Sebastian Partogi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 3 2020   /  11:41 am

A number of caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease had a meeting – online from their homes, obviously, in observance of calls for physical distancing amid COVID-19 – on June 1 to mark National Elderly Day. As they were dancing and singing together through the Zoom application, Novianti, a 36-year-old woman living in South Jakarta who takes care of her 86-year-old grandmother, however, suddenly sent a text to excuse herself from the meeting for a while. She had to go after her grandmother, who had suddenly walked out of the house to look for her husband – Novianti’s grandfather – who passed away several years ago. Novianti’s grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 and is in the severe stage of the disease.Before we get too far into the story, Alzheimer’s disease is an abnormal aging process, which first strikes a person’s short-term memory bey...