Grandpa With Dementia Remembers Perfect Harmonies To Favorite Hymn

MalloryHeadingsPublished: October 24, 2017Updated: October 25, 201739,813 views
Published: October 24, 2017Updated: October 25, 2017

Mallory Headings’ grandpa suffers from dementia and has prostate cancer. He was put into a nursing home on October 18, 2017.

“My grandma isn’t able to take care of him at home anymore on her own," Mallory explained in a Facebook post. When she and her family went to visit him the next day, she decided to start singing some of his favorite hymns with the camera rolling.

As described by the Mayo Clinic, “dementia generally involves memory loss… difficulty communicating or finding words." But when Mallory started singing the old hymns, something amazing happened: Her <a href="" target="_blank">grandpa</a> started singing along with her.

“We sang these old hymns and my grandpa still remembers his harmony!" she wrote on Facebook. Mallory told Love What Matters that her grandpa has always loved music — and especially loves Southern gospel music.

“There was always music in their home," she told Love What Matters. In the video, you can hear Grandpa coming in at the right parts to sing the song with Mallory, and it’s absolutely heartwarming to hear their voices together.

Singing these songs may also help her grandpa’s memory in the long-run, too. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “There’s growing evidence that listening to music can also help stimulate seemingly lost memories and even help maintain some cognitive functioning."

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