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"...to those who are lost in dementia...music is no luxury to them, but a necessity, and can have a power beyond anything else to restore them to themselves, and to others, at least for a while."

from "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain"
by Oliver Sacks

Mary Groce presents concerts and programs in retirement, assisted living, hospital, and mental health facilities. She also wheels her harp from room to room to bring a smile and a song to bed-ridden and dementia unit patients. She is hired by activities coordinators for their special events calendars, as well as by therapeutic recreation departments to give weekly or monthly performances.

Mary performs regularly at such Philadelphia area facilities as The Watermark (formerly The Fountains), Evangelical Manor, Cathedral Village, 58th Street Presbyterian Home, Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPH), Waverly Heights, and several Sunrise Assisted Living facilities.

She can be scheduled for regular, frequent performances as well as for special events, such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patty’s, Halloween, the winter Holidays, birthday celebrations, tea parties, fancy dinners, and wine and cheese soirees. Her songs bring peaceful moods and happy memories to her audiences, who often sing along with her -- even when their voices may otherwise be silent.

Music is magical.

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photo by Michael Bryant

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Mary finds that the oldest and most frail love her concert harp.

"It's very peaceful. One man hired me regularly to play for his mother with Alzheimer's disease. The music would be the one thing that would get through to her."

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