Olive (Sheryl’s grandmother) and Trish (Sheryl’s mom) in 1946
Our co-founders, Eric and Sheryl, know firsthand the pain of loving someone who has Alzheimer’s, having cared for Sheryl’s mother, Trish, for many years. Sheryl has now lost her mother and a grandmother to the disease. These loved ones are at the heart of why we exist.
The first Songs & Smiles event, held in July of 2017, was an extension of a birthday party for Trish.
Songs & Smiles is committed to keeping families connected during the Alzheimer’s journey.
With your support, we help connect people who have Alzheimer’s with their own joy-filled memories. We exist to teach and equip caregivers, families, friends, and communities.
Family visiting Trish at Christmas in 2018
Trish working on a Thanksgiving craft project with Sheryl in 2017
Alzheimer’s is a disease, not a normal part of aging. Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s presents unique challenges, and many caregivers face those challenges alone.
People caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s have increased risk of disease and health complications.
We build everything we do from our core values, centered around our belief that we all need to stay connected with each other.
We exist to help bring thoughtfulness, authenticity, and joy to the Alzheimer’s journey.
Photo table at Trish’s Celebration of Life event in 2019
Eric and Sheryl Kolb working at the first Songs & Smiles event in 2017
We are grateful for our growing team of volunteers. Meet our staff and our board of directors, and discover how you can join the Songs & Smiles family.