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Pickering Manor receives grant to continue music programming for Memory Care residents

$2,500 will ensure more performances from On Demand! Programs and Events

On Demand! talent Marc Sherman performs for the Pickering
Manor Memory Care residents

Pickering Manor’s Memory Care has received a $2,500 grant from the Rostair Foundation toward On Demand! music programming for those affected by dementia. This is the third grant the Rostair Foundation has given toward this invaluable program for Pickering Manor residents.

The Rostair Foundation currently contributes to a wide range of charities, with a focus on those it believes promote peaceful, healthy and vibrant communities. Pickering Manor and On Demand! encompass this belief.

For over 14 years, On Demand! has been connecting high-quality performers and speakers to the Bucks County community and beyond. Its mission is to create inspiring programs to enrich lives and promote positive change. Additionally, for the past eight years, On Demand! has partnered with the Dementia Society of America to provide programs to enhance the lives of those affected by dementia.

Pickering Manor fan favorite, On Demand! performer Jeff Dershin, recounted, “‘Jeff, you know that man was singing along with you? Well, generally, he doesn’t talk to other folks or participate in activities, but the music really woke him up!’ This is an observation from a staff member’s perspective, one that I hear week in and week out in my line of work. I consider music a type of ‘magic key’ that has the power to communicate with people, even dementia patients, on a profound level. And it has been my great privilege to access this ‘key’ as part of my professional life as a musician.”

Pickering Manor Memory Care administrator Meri Luarasi said, “Our Memory Care’s mission is to support residents’ physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and encourage our residents to live the life they love. Music is an immensely powerful therapy. It can improve behavior, mood, memory and cognition in those affected by dementia. With this grant, Pickering Manor’s Memory Care can continue to connect our residents affected by dementia with quality performers. This gift is a blessing to us. We are beyond grateful for the Rostair Foundation’s generosity, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with On Demand! Programs and Events.”

Natalie Kaye, president of On Demand! Programs and Events, said, “On Demand! is so grateful for the opportunity to share these talented performers with Pickering Manor to bring enrichment and joy to the lives of the residents there. We understand the healing power of music and are so happy to be part of this healing therapy for this Memory Care Neighborhood.”

Visit pickeringmanor.org, call 215-968-3878 or email info@pickeringmanor.org for more information on Pickering Manor. For more information about On Demand! Programs and Events, visit ondemandprogramsandevents.com, call 215-579-1836 or email info@ondemandprogramsandevents.com.

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