Once a month, musicians visit Brookdale Retirement Community to perform for its residents. Thursday's performer was country singer Jeff Link, who visits every other month.
Brookdale is one of the only retirement communities in Central Georgia providing specialized care for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
"They absolutely love music," says Brookdale's executive director, JoEllen Spivey. "Playing old gospel music, tunes, beach music, things that they grew up with. They still remember and it makes them feel comfortable."
To continue researching Alzheimer's, Brookdale is preparing for their first ever silent auction. People will be able to bid on things like art, jewelry, and gift certificates.
All proceeds go towards the Alzheimer's Association of Georgia.
"Life is confusing for them. Just imagine that every short-term memory that you have is gone within thirty seconds to a minute," says Spivey. "But if you can maintain your long-term memories, there's comfort there, and that's what we strive to do every day is provide them with comfort compassion and love."
The auction will be held on June 1st from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Up until then, Brookdale will be accepting donations for more items to auction off.
"You can make a happy day and a happy life for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia," says Spivey.