Dementia Patient Conducts Symphony Orchestra at Age 81

The human brain is a complex organ. It stores everything we go through, from our life experiences to our skills, our preferences, all the things that form our personality and our existence are stored in our brains alone as memories. With age, this complex structure often begins to deteriorate. The memories become harder to recall, we start forgetting things and our brain functions become weaker and slower with each passing day.

Mental Disorders

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are mental disorders that can lead to many painful experiences. More so when you see your own friends or family members suffer from it. But there are some who do not let even such problems bring them down. Paul Harvey, an 81-year-old orchestra conductor, is one such person. Last September, Harvey’s son Nick recorded a video of his father playing one of his compositions on the piano and posted it on Twitter. He suffers from Dementia too and wanted to show the world that even this mental disorder could not take music away from his father. The octogenarian garnered appreciation and love from millions of people on the internet.

Defying All Odds

Paul defied the diagnosis and proved that music truly does reach places even words or actions cannot. He put his music out in the world in the form of a single recorded by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The funds raised by the proceeds of this single will be going to the Alzheimer’s Society and Music for Dementia. The campaign is to make music available for free to patients who suffer from conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

A Special Performance

To mark the day since his video went viral, he was also invited to conduct the BBC Philharmonic orchestra and given a chance to play two of his compositions at their studio, located in Salford. It is truly a heart-warming story.

Jay Leno is Making Face Shields For Care Workers From His Garage

Jay Leno is a man that many of us are familiar with, and that’s largely because he seems to always be on our screens. The comedian and talk show host is an American treasure, and his recent actions have proven to us all that he needs to be protected at all costs. Let’s give a hand for Jay Leno, people.

His Birthday Month

Jay Leno is a hugely familiar face within the celebrity world, and there’s no doubt about the fact that he has been incredibly successful over the course of his career. While many people would assume that he’s one of those celebs who sit in their mansions and forgets about the little people, he has proven time and time again that this isn’t the case. In fact, he definitely showed that in April 2020, which just so happened to be his birthday month.

An Ongoing Pandemic

Like many people across the globe, Leno has been struck by the amazing work that healthcare workers are doing in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Because of this, he decided to devote his birthday month to making face shields – otherwise known as personal protection equipment (PPE) in his garage to give to those across the US.

Keeping Things Running

During an interview with Bill Maher, Jay Leno noted that he had three 3D printers in his garage, and he knew that he could really make a difference if he just kept them running. So, he set them up to make face shields, and he has since kept them going 24/7. At the end of each week, he then takes them out to the fire department and other first responders who are on the front line. Leno has noted that “It’s great to feel like you’re part of something and sort of helping out.”

Well, he’s definitely helping out. What an absolute legend he is! Thank you, Jay Leno.