Local Man Uses Music To Heal Senior Citizens

John Abel uses music and is known as the music man at AG Rhodes Health and Rehab Center in Atlanta's Grant Park Neighborhood. "I tell them it's not a choir," Abel says. 'I tell them not to hold back because you've been told you're not a good singer, or you don't feel comfortable. I say, 'We're singing for our health.'"

Holly Talburt, an 80 year old, loves these sessions. "He'll just hand us anything, tambourines, some guys get drums," Holly Talburt says.  "We don't have to be experts in it. Just do it. If you can get to the beat of the music, that's good."

Studies have shown that music helps slow the progression of some cognitive diseases.

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