Music connects us with our memories and with each other. It’s an essential part of life, so it’s an essential part of dementia care.
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.
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.
In 2021, an estimated 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s.
The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s is expected to rise to 13.8 million by 2060.
More than 11 million Americans provide an estimated 15.3 billion hours of unpaid care each year for people who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
Our Mission: Keeping Families Connected During the Alzheimer’s Journey
Caring for a loved one who has 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 Alzheimer’s journey. Join us in encouraging and supporting caregivers and families.
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.