Hello everyone! Thank you so much for the thoughtful letters we have received during the past few weeks! Today, we dropped off the first batch of letters to Silverado Memory Care, an elderly home that A Harmonic Remedy interacts with frequently. We took your digital submissions and turned them into colorful letters. Thanks to your help, we were able to deliver over 75 personalized letters to the senior residents! Please keep spreading the word! We look forward to spreading a little of bit of joy to many more residents in the weeks to come. Also, please don't forget to reach out to parents, grandparents, great aunts/ uncles, and all of your loved ones during these crazy times. We're all supporting one another. Stay safe and healthy!
Hi everyone! Given the recent circumstances, we've been unable to visit many of the residents we have come to know during the past few years. Constant Zoom calls with friends and family have made us very aware of the crucial role technology plays in our lives. Because they grew up in a generation without modern social media platforms and digital ways of contact, many seniors have a difficult time connecting digitally to their friends and family. Please join us in this community project to send letters to the elderly!
Although each letter does not have to be long by any means, we have first-handedly witnessed how touched elderly recipients are from knowing that someone is out there thinking of them. Even though you might believe you are a stranger, we have seen elderly residents decorate their rooms with letters from people they have never met. Your words may be the highlight of someone's day! If you would like to take part in this endeavor, please continue reading to discover how...
Hello everyone! First and foremost, we at AHR hope that you and yours stay healthy during these hectic times. With the current COVID-19 outbreak, all AHR performances will be halted for 2-3 months minimum with hopes of limiting elderly exposure to outside stimulants.
Unfortunately, the current situation requires the elderly population to be isolated as much as possible due to the high risk factors. Particularly in elderly homes where the disease can spread rapidly to the aging population, visits are strongly not recommended if not prohibited altogether.
That being said, the elderly only need to be physically isolated. During these difficult times, we encourage you to call your loved ones and remind them that they are not forgotten. As a community, may we support each other and use this time to become closer to those we cherish. We wish everyone a safe and healthy next few weeks!
Thank you so much to Brookdale Gardens of Tarzana for hosting our Valentine's day performance! Although we do not post after every single AHR performance, we wanted to share some photos because of the adorable Valentine's Day decorations. We hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine's Day filled with love from family and friends!
A special thank you to Michael Burak for photographing the event!
I am so excited announce the launch of Project Spark! A Harmonic Remedy mainly targets elderly residents in senior living homes because they often feel neglected. However, it came to our attention that many of the elderly we know personally feel lonely as well despite being visited by family members.
Over the past few years, my own grandfather has lost his hearing. Nowadays, he rarely speaks and only gestures when he needs something. My family continues to engage him in discussions, but it is apparent that many of the activities my cousins and I used to participate in are no longer possible. We learned Vietnamese by singing traditional songs with our grandfather and reading poetry. Although he can no longer hear us, my grandfather often asks for us to sing his favorite songs. Without taking the time to learn the songs during our childhoods, my cousins and I would not be able to fulfill this simple request, thus losing an easy point of connection.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful celebration full of laughter and good food. As per tradition, A Harmonic Remedy members gave our annual Thanksgiving performance. To begin, we would like to give a big thank you to Silverado Memory Care for hosting us. We loved performing and hope to return soon!
Bobby and Nate on the alto saxophone
Secondly, I would like to thank our performers: Rachel Burak, Bobby Buyalos, Nate Denlinger, and Mia Paul. This performance was more difficult because the piano was slightly less reliable. We all put in many hours to rehearse duets on the alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, and cello. It was a fun experience being able to work with various musicians and discover unexpected instrument pairings! We would like to give a special thanks to Joshua Tam who unfortunately could not attend but graciously helped us put together the set. We are extremely joyful that residents enjoyed the diverse musical selection, ranging from jazz to classical to pop musi...
Hello everyone! The A Harmonic Remedy blog has been a bit silent for the past few months, but I am happy to announce that AHR has been thriving and new projects are underway (more on that soon)! As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, I would like to take a moment to share some of the things I am thankful for.
As many are aware, A Harmonic Remedy has experienced numerous shifts over the past few months. Many of our beloved members graduated and are now pursuing their passions in college. However, the addition of new members who are devoted to the community as well as the continued support of existing members have made the transition much easier.
Furthermore, many of our members are juniors and seniors in high school. As college application deadlines approach and standardized testing looms in the future, I would like to sincerely thank everyone for contributing their time and greatest efforts to A Harmonic Remedy. I hope the work that we do brings light and joy to all of our me...
As 2018 comes to a close, I'd like to take a moment to thank each and every individual that has contributed to A Harmonic Remedy. Without the support and dedication from you guys, this year would not have been possible! AHR celebrated the successes of this year with our annual holiday performances on December 22nd at South Brookdale Senior Living and Avant-garde Senior Living. After 4 years of coming together during December, it's wonderful to see the familiar faces of the residents as well as introduce new performers to the show. A huge thank you to both facilities for hosting, the parents, and to all of the performers who prepared a magical set of pieces and kept the AHR tradition alive!
Alex Ong on piano, Joe Chrisman on piano, Isabel Daly and Quynh-Anh Nguyen on flute, Leila Malak on french horn, Rachel Burak on piano, and Mia Paul on cello
Looking toward AHR's future in 2019, I look forward to collaborating with all of these amazing artists and continuing to bri...
Thank you so much AvantGarde Senior Living for hosting us! In honor of the upcoming holiday, we held a small performance last night. Thank you to Leila Malak, Alex Ong, and Joe Chrisman for joining me. We are so thankful for the opportunity to meet and revisit elderly home residents so frequently. From our family to yours, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Congratulations to the class of 2018! A Harmonic Remedy's founders, Eli, Tintin, and Suraj, all graduated this past academic year and are now heading toward their bright futures! From everyone in AHR, we would like to say thank you for all of your guys' dedication to this organization. Without you guys, A Harmonic Remedy would not exist, and we would not be able to impact the lives of the elderly the way we do today. We are all proud of what you guys have accomplished and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you guys! Please come back and visit when you guys have some free time. We'd love to be able to work and perform with you guys again. Eli, Tintin, and Suraj, A Harmonic Remedy will be rooting for you in college and beyond!