August 20, 2018

I am very excited to announce that A Harmonic Remedy is up and running again for the 2018-2019 academic year! Today we performed at South Tarzana Brookdale Senior Living Home for our annual summer performance. We are so lucky to have been able to work with the Pink Ladies Group during these past few years. This group is composed of some of the ladies residing at the senior living home, and they are dedicated to raising money for causes that are selected by the residents of the senior living facility. Therefore, the Pink Ladies hold frequent events to raise money for their selected cause! It was an honor to help fundraise by providing entertainment that many families bought tickets to come see. We look forward to next year's performance!

I would like to thank all of the performers who made today possible. Everyone sounded fantastic, but further than that, we brought lots of joy to the residents that we spoke to after the performance. Thank you for taking time out...

January 22, 2018

We recently had to cancel plans for an elderly home performance due to the outbreak of the flu. Unfortunately, all the residents were quarantined as to prevent the spread of the flu throughout the elderly home. This particular performance was supposed to be dedicated to one of the residents I’ve known for quite a while so I’d like to take some time and talk about her and what she’s taught me in today’s blog post.

I’ve known Einez for two years now ever since I started volunteering at her elderly home. I first met her in cafe on the first floor when I was responsible for preparing tables, utensils, and the like. Einez was the one who taught me how to fold napkins into those fancy shapes you see at restaurants. After a couple months, however, I realized that I stopped seeing her on the first floor. I asked around and soon learned that she had been moved to the third floor.

The third floor is reserved for dementia patients. Other than the emergency exit, the only way in and out of the third...

December 23, 2017

 We're glad that our performances were as fun for the residents as they were for us! Hopefully, we can organize another fundraiser soon continue for years to come!

December 2, 2017

James Ioannou leads the group in our Christmas carol in singing Silent Night. James is a close friend and never denies helping A Harmonic Remedy with our performances. Thank You James for your talents as well as your dedication and work to AHR. Here is a truly engaging and heart warming performance given by the members of the Gardens at Balboa Park

November 5, 2017

“Actually, when I was your age, I spent my time playing the piano too. I really loved some of the pieces you kids performed because my favorite composer is Chopin. When I was your age, I wanted to be a concert piano, but my parents refused to send me to school to be a concert pianist. They said when I got to college I could decide what I wanted to be but I couldn’t go to a piano conservatory until I was older. And by the time I got to college, I changed my mind and I decided I wanted to become a commercial artist. I never became a commercial artist though. I never made it through that point. But I became a court reporter instead, doing artwork on the side. I really like crafts and my interests have changed throughout the years. So now I’m into beading.”

I feel that Suzy’s life experiences resonate with many high school and college students. A few people will know exactly what they want to do with their lives and have planned it out a decade into the future. But the rest of us aren’t tha...

September 9, 2017

Haroline's Story from Monarch Village Senior Living. A Harmonic Remedy strives to integrate the elderly into youth society.

August 6, 2017

At this particular elderly home, many performers including myself played classical piano songs. Many eyes lit up in recognition of the pieces, but Sherry took a stronger liking to the jazz standards.  

“I played piano for a while as a kid, but I didn’t want to take the classics, so I switched to jazz and it’s something that I cherish to this day. I wish young people would take piano because it’s a wonderful things. You go to a party and you’re the only one that can play and they’re all around the piano. Having that skill gives you so much flexibility and helps you out a lot in the long run. I like classical music but I prefer playing jazz because it has this bouncy dance feel to it. I know kids these days will sing and rap or whatever but I just love jazz.”

Just as Sherry said, music is such a practical skill and helps you connect with people of all generations. During most of our performances, residents will recognize our tunes and hum along; on our “holiday expedition”, residents went...

June 19, 2017

The elderly home fundraiser was a big success! The crowd at the elderly home was far larger than we had expected and included both the residents and their families. As a result of the performance, the elderly home was able to raise substantial funds that will continue to support individual elderly activities and elderly well-being in the community as a whole. I like to give a special thanks to Rivtka, a manager at the elderly home, who was very active in helping us coordinate and expedite the event. Without her help, organizing the event would have taken significantly longer and the turnout would not have been as large. In addition to the flute trio I mentioned in the previous post, I would like to thank Madison Starr (left) who came all the out here to photograph the event. I would also like to thank Rachel Burak (second from the left) for her amazing piano finale. Both students are from Calabasas High School. Finally, I would like to thank all the parents, families, and administrator...

June 18, 2017

 It's the day before the big elderly home fundraiser! Three flute players from three separate high schools organize a final rehearsal before the performance. From left to right in the first picture is Quynh-Anh Nguyen from Calabasas High School, Hannah Malak from Agoura High School, and Mikayla Quintana  from Westlake High School. After a month of scheduling and rescheduling between the performers and the elderly home, the event was finally set in stone and put on the calendar. We all hope that it will be a big success!

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"To forget the elderly is to ignore the wisdom of the years"

                         - Donald Laird