Mu­sic ther­a­peu­tic for ea­ger An­to­nio

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE sound of mu­sic em­anated from Mercy Place Lathlain on In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Day when An­to­nio Capone sat down with his carer for an­other pi­ano les­son, prov­ing that age is no limit to learn­ing some­thing new.

Mu­sic has al­ways been a huge part of the 80-year-old’s life, even as a small boy grow­ing up in Naples, Italy.

He has al­ways loved to sing and dance, and is now keen to add pi­ano play­ing to his reper­toire.

Mr Capone, who im­mi­grated to WA in 1965, moved into the Mercy Place three years ago af­ter his mo­bil­ity be­came lim­ited.

“We used to go danc­ing every sin­gle Satur­day night,” Mr Capone’s wife Margherita said.

“In fact An­to­nio used to do the splits on the dance floor. We had such a great time. We used to go along with his brothers, as they all loved singing, danc­ing and mu­sic as much as he did.”

Now Mr Capone sits down sev­eral times a week with his carer Hiromi Tsut­sui, who is teach­ing him to play the pi­ano.

“Although he has de­men­tia, he al­ways en­joys singing and we love the fact that he still has mu­sic in his life,” Mrs Capone said.

Mercy Place Lathlain ser­vice man­ager Surabh Nair said the ther­a­peu­tic ef­fect of mu­sic for se­niors, par­tic­u­larly those liv­ing with Alzheimer’s and other re­lated con­di­tions, could not be over­stated.

“Gen­er­ally speak­ing, mu­sic is an in­cred­i­ble trig­ger for emo­tions and mem­o­ries from our past to emerge,” he said.

“We are de­lighted that An­to­nio is still able to en­joy mu­sic, as he has done through­out his life, and we are very en­cour­ag­ing of him learn­ing to play the pi­ano.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d483912

Carer Hiromi Tsut­sui with An­to­nio Capone.

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