It can be difficult for Sheela Awe to have a normal conversation with her 93-year-old grandpa who has Alzheimer’s, but with the power of music, she’s found a stunning way for them to connect.
A woman is reminding people to cherish the time spent with loved ones with a video of herself playing the piano for her 93-year-old grandfather, who has Alzheimer’s.
Sheela Awe, a content creator based in Los Angeles, California, who goes by the username @sheelaawe on social media, recently uploaded the video of her grandfather’s reaction to her music on TikTok.
According to a video she shared on Instagram and TikTok, whenever she’s around her grandpa, he’ll ask her about every 10 minutes who she is and where she’s from. But the moment she starts to play the piano, something magical happens.
They don’t speak to one another and, instead, share a beautiful moment of enjoying the melodic sounds of the piano. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia.
It is a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss and possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment. Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.
Needless to say, the heartwarming video has gone viral. It has been viewed more than 4 lakh times and has collected more than 42,000 likes. While many netizens felt emotional after watching the video, others took to the comments section to share similar experiences.
One user said, “Omg Sheela… this made me cry a Lil I miss my grandpa.” Another wrote, “This is so precious.” A third user-added, “My mother has dementia and it’s only recently that she got diagnosed but she been getting progressively worse the past couple of weeks. Your video made me smile and cry at the same time.
Have to cherish the little moments of connection. I wrote a song about what’s going on with my mom… music is very healing… I’m learning to cope.”
Yet another commented, “I love this! I worked as a caregiver for elders with Alzheimer’s and dementia and sometimes music is the only way to connect with them. All of my patients hold a special place in my heart even though they never knew who I was.”