Meet The Man Sharing His Musical Gifts With Alzheimer's Patients In Paris

October 20, 2014 1:57 PM

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Meet The Man Sharing His Musical Gifts With Alzheimer's Patients In Paris

At the sound of the music, the 20 people drinking coffee on the terrace in the sunshine enter and sit down in small groups. Some of them already have smiles on their faces, as if they have just met an old friend. Others are more reserved, waiting to be charmed. Feet and hands timidly tap to the beat. Eyes stare at Sébastien Malherbe, who is in the center of the room. Holding his accordion, he is aware of his demanding public. Despite the heat, this professional musician will have to display every bit of his charm to please them in the short time he has.

His audience is made up of residents at the adult care facility Casa Delta 7 in the 17th arrondissement in Paris. On this day, a Thursday in September, it includes a group of Alzheimer’s patients. Some of them don’t speak, others have trouble walking. All of them are “in space,” as Malherbe says. Th...

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