For 6 months in 2003, I worked with 6 women with Alzheimer's to find ways of using the electric guitar, a typically male, youth and pop-associated object, in ways that could be relevant to them. Together we found ways to create interesting sounds, use body memory to build up skills, and use games to generate musical sequences. What emerged from the project was a picture-disc LP of manipulated sound recordings of the group, several short video pieces, and a group of photographs capturing each woman's newly formed musical persona. The project was presented at a Neurological Conference in Chicago in 2004 and has served as a model for future projects in the field of creative aging.
more details about the project can be found here: