Connect With Joy

The Alzheimer’s journey is difficult, but your journey can be filled with love and joy.

All of our resources are designed to keep families connected during Alzheimer’s. We’ve filled this site with practical tips, ideas, and encouragement.

Connect with joy through our singalong videos and Joyful Memories, our dementia-friendly magazine.

CARE TIPS     SINGALONGS     MAGAZINE

Connect With Joy

A mother and her two daughters share a moment of joy at a Songs & Smiles event.

Learn how Songs & Smiles brings joy to people during the Alzheimer’s journey. Featuring interviews with co-founders Eric and Sheryl Kolb, as well as with residents and staff members at local care facilities. Hear how the organization’s interactive singalongs and dementia-friendly magazines are helping people living with dementia connect with their memories and emotions, as well as with their family and friends.

Media

Read the article about Songs & Smiles published by The Dallas Morning News.

Joyful Memories Magazine named a GDUSA Health+Wellness Design Awards Winner.

Podcast/Radio Appearances by Eric Kolb:

Alzheimer’s Speaks Podcast (April 14, 2024)

Prime Life Podcast (Dec. 19, 2023)

The ‘D’ Word (June 12, 2023) on UK Health Radio

Music Helps (July 2, 2023)

A Season of Caring (Dec. 3, 2020)

 

 

News & Events

3 pm on Tuesday, June 4 – Singalong with Eric at Flower Mound Senior Center

3 pm on Tuesday, June 11 – Singalong with Karl at Flower Mound Senior Center

11 am on Thursday, June 13 – Singalong with Eric at Haltom City Senior Center

3 pm on Tuesday, July 2 – Singalong with Eric at Flower Mound Senior Center

3 pm on Tuesday, August 6 – Singalong with Eric at Flower Mound Senior Center

For more dementia-friendly events in north Texas, visit: Dementia Friendly Denton CountyDementia Friendly Fort Worth, or Dementia Friendly Dallas.

Community Singalong

Community Singalong in Grapevine, Texas

Eric, Sheryl, and Trish at Family Party

Songs & Smiles co-founders Eric and Sheryl Kolb with Sheryl’s mom, Trish, in 2017, sharing a moment of joy during the Alzheimer’s journey. Eric and Sheryl helped care for Trish from the time of her diagnosis in 2008 until Alzheimer’s took her life in 2019.

Celebrate Life

We support caregivers and families during the Alzheimer’s journey, encouraging them to celebrate life with love and laughter. We know how hard it can be to connect with someone who has Alzheimer’s, but we also know the tremendous value of each person and every shared moment of joy.

So, we sing and we smile. We rethink how we have conversations, and we look for creative ways to connect.

READ “OUR STORY”

READ “FACING ALZHEIMER’S WITH SONGS, SMILES, AND JOY”

READ: CAREGIVER STORY: MY AUNT SUE AND UNCLE DALE

Keep Your Family Connected

Caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s presents unique challenges, and the journey can last for many years. Sadly, many caregivers get worn out and families often drift apart.

Everything we do is about keeping families connected during the journey. Join us in encouraging and supporting caregivers and families.

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READ “TALKING WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS ALZHEIMER’S”

READ “DEMENTIA CARE TIPS: CELEBRATING HOLIDAYS”

Eight ladies in the Beeson family line

Trish, whose maiden name was Beeson, celebrated her 78th birthday in 2017 together with the other “Beeson Ladies.” From left, Trish’s grandniece Sydney, niece Stacey, grandniece Emma, sister Mary, Trish, daughter Sheryl, niece Terri, and grandniece Grace.

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