Colorado’s Fort Collins Symphony hosted a pre-concert presentation on November 2 about results from its ongoing B Sharp Program studying music and dementia in partnership with Colorado State University, Banner Health, Alzheimer’s Association, and the Larimer County Office on Aging. Dr. Meara Faw, an assistant professor at Colorado State University, spoke about the B Sharp Program, which works with people living with dementia and their care partners by providing concert tickets to Fort Collins Symphony concerts and inviting participants to receptions with community members. CSU has partnered with the orchestra and other community partners to examine outcomes for the program. Faw’s 20-minute talk included updates on related CSU programs including the C Sharp Program with Canyon Concert Ballet, in which participants attend theatrical and dance performances; and the Riding in the Moment program with Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, in which participants groom and ride horses. She also discussed telomeres and Fitbit studies, expanding research on caregivers, and a virtual reality venture. Wes Kenney is Fort Collins Symphony’s music director, and Mary Kopco is executive director.

Posted November 6, 2019