Future Eagle Scout donates healing gift of music to local seniors in assisted living – Columbia Star

By mikem@thecolumbiastar.com | on July 29, 2021

Contributed by Erin Peacock

(L-r) Alexis Watts, Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina; Ramona Britt, Assisted Living Locators; Tacora Myers, Colonial Gardens; Jamie Anderson, Boy Scout; Neil Anderson, Jamie’s father; and Kylie Anderson, Jamie’s sister.

(L-r) Alexis Watts, Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina; Ramona Britt, Assisted Living Locators; Tacora Myers, Colonial Gardens; Jamie Anderson, Boy Scout; Neil Anderson, Jamie’s father; and Kylie Anderson, Jamie’s sister.

Jamie Anderson, a Boy Scout in Troop 95, believes in the healing power of music for seniors with memory loss. This belief is based on very personal experience because two of his grandparents died from Alzheimer’s.

When his grandfather was in the later stages of the disease, a family friend loaded some of his favorite music onto an MP3 player. He loved to listen to the music and Anderson says he will never forget how it always made his grandfather smile and relax.

As part of his quest to become an Eagle Scout, Anderson has raised more than enough money on a GoFundMe page to purchase 20 MP3 players and headphones for the residents at Colonial Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care in West Columbia.

With the help of his fellow scouts, they loaded music that was popular around the time when most of the residents of the unit were between the ages of 18 and 30. Research has shown music from that period in their lives is most effective in calming Alzheimer’s patients and relieving stress and anxiety in unfamiliar surroundings.

Jamie Anderson with Colonial Gardens resident

Jamie Anderson with Colonial Gardens resident

Anderson and his fellow Boy Scouts presented the MP3 players at a special event at the community Monday, July 19.

Colonial Gardens is located at 3565 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia.