81-year-old Paul Harvey is living with dementia, which badly affects his memory and communication skills, but he’s found a new lease on life through music.
Today, Harvey is a musician and composer who is known all around the world, and it all started when his son, Nick, asked him to compose a tune from random notes. The composition, called “Four Notes,” ended up going viral, and became a top-40 hit on the UK charts.
The song made more than 1.3 million dollars, which was donated to the Alzheimer’s Society and Music for Dementia.
Music for Dementia uses music as part of a treatment process for people who are suffering with dementia.
“There is no cure for dementia, but there is something readily available and easily affordable that can help. That thing is music,” they wrote on their website. “That is why we are calling for people living with dementia to have access to music as part of their daily care.”
According to Music for Dementia, research and lived experiences show that music can help reduce distressing symptoms of dementia, including agitation, apathy and anxiety.
“Music imprints itself in the brain deeper than any other human experience,” Dr. Oliver Sacks said. “Music evokes emotion and emotion can bring memory. Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.”
The organization even arranged for Harvey to play with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Harvey performed his famous “Four Notes” on the piano, then conducted the orchestra in one of his compositions called “Where’s the Sunshine.”
Hear more of Harvey’s incredible story in the video below:Whizzco