Judy, 70, from Brookdale Murray in Kentucky has always loved the power of music. Judy performed in school choruses and listened to the classics while the musical landscape changed around her.. But her biggest musical dream was to feel the ivories on a piano bench.
Throughout her life, being involved in music allowed Judy to be more outgoing and feel more confident. Judy hoped that learning the piano at 70 years old would encourage and inspire other older adults to pursue their lifelong dreams and passions.
“My friend Sue want me to teach her if I learn how. I hope it will be encourage to my friends to try something new and to never give up,” she said fondly.
Judy dedicated her life to helping others and created Heartstrings, a charity for underprivileged children. She gave up her career and personal time in order to care for her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Today, Judy spends her time at Brookdale Murray gathering volunteers to sew children’s clothes for donation and helps raise money for local charities.
Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living were thrilled to grant Judy’s wish to learn how to play the piano. Judy studiously attended piano lessons with her teacher, Adrianna. The two women sat side by side as Judy followed the notes and eagerly awaited the next biweekly lesson.
She performed ‘Silent Night’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ with Adrianna. Friends sat rapt at attention for the nostalgic holiday music. Judy was even able to ‘Merry Christmas’ as a solo. This experience gave Judy a chance to indulge in herself and gain confidence and self-fulfillment while learning a new skill.
“The room was full and they supported me. I am just tickled to death. I feel like I have accomplished so much.”
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