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Local Man Uses Music Therapy to Help Heal His Wife

After his wife suffered a leg injury and later developed dementia, a Dade County man decides to use the power of music to help her heal.
DADE COUNTY, MO.--- After his wife suffered a leg injury and later developed dementia, a Dade County man decides to use the power of music to help her heal. Carl Singer and his wife Kay have been holding home concerts for just over a year now, and it has helped his wife feel alive again. 

"The rehabilitation specialist at that time said, 'if you don't want to be back in this nursing home, then you got to get active, whatever it is that you used to enjoy, do it," said Carl Singer, Host Home Concerts. 

Carl, knowing Kay loved music after singing in church choirs and directing children's choirs, decided to hold a home concert for their 57th wedding anniversary on their Dade County farm, and has been holding them ever since.

"After six months, I realized we've stumbled on to something that the community enjoyed and we enjoyed," said Carl Singer, Host Home Concerts.  

Carl said Kay felt so great, she even went out and got her hair and nails done and bought new clothes.

"It revitalized her interest in life," said Carl Singer. 

Kay's injury left her in a wheelchair. She now suffers from frontal lobe dementia, but says the music and people that come to her home have brought her back to life.

"Oh, I love it. I look forward to it each month. We've met new people, we've brought in some old friends," said Kay Singer. 

The concerts have two to three performers. The attendance has now grown to about 50 listeners, visiting from all over the Four States.

"Nobody else is doing anything like it. You know, we have had several people who would come to a concert and say 'Carl, this is the most excitement anywhere in Dade County tonight," said Carl Singer.

The Singers hold their concerts the second Tuesday of ever month. Their concerts are booked with performers now through February, but all are welcome to attend. 
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