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    Posted April 6, 2014 by
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
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    Comfort, Love and Some Fun Too


    Few people ever want to live in a nursing home.


    The loss of freedom, the loss of privacy, living amidst people with mental and physical health problems, the monotonous daily routine – this is the norm. Despite the best efforts of staffs to make life pleasant depression is a common diagnosis for residents.


    Yet this is how 1.5 million Americans live… in nursing homes, bypassed by day to day society, often forgotten by remaining family and friends.


    In Southwest Michigan there is a nonprofit that works to raise the spirits of nursing home residents and others thru music and other live arts.


    As they put it, they bring “comfort, reassurance, love and some fun too.”


    Begun 25 years ago by Bob Rowe, an accomplished musician and song writer, this nonprofit has conducted over 3700 performances for seniors in nursing homes, assisted living centers and VA hospitals and elsewhere.

    They engage dozens of local artists in this work.


    They are supported by the community, the Kalamazoo Arts Council and foundations.


    Doing this work, they witnessed a few minor miracles and they raised the spirits of countless people – people who are often in the last months, even days, of their lives.


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