Why We Exist

 

Olive and Trish in 1946

Olive (Sheryl’s grandmother) and Trish (Sheryl’s mom) in 1946

Our Story

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.

It Started as a Birthday Party

The first Songs & Smiles event, held in July of 2017, was an extension of a birthday party for Trish.

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Our Mission

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.

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Family together, the core of why we exist as a nonprofit organization

Family visiting Trish at Christmas in 2018

Arts and crafts

Trish working on a Thanksgiving craft project with Sheryl in 2017

The Need

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.

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Our Values

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.

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Photos on table

Photo table at Trish’s Celebration of Life event in 2019

Co-founders Eric and Sheryl Kolb, a big part of why we exist today as a nonprofit organization

Eric and Sheryl Kolb working at the first Songs & Smiles event in 2017

Our Team

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.

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Get Involved

Care for Caregivers

Provide encouragement and support to those on the front lines.

Care Tips

Learn how to connect better with someone who has Alzheimer’s.

Share Your Story

Encourage others by sharing your own story.

Volunteer

Contact us about getting involved as a volunteer.

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