Song Crosses Boundaries of Religion and Memory for Stroke Victim

Alzheimer’s can be a frightening disease — both for those people who are aging, as well as for loved ones seeing their own elders grow older. But a new video going over Facebook from The Jewish Standard is giving people a little bit of hope.

Naomi Feil is the founder of Validation therapy, and in this short clip she shares a breakthrough moment of communication with Gladys Wilson. Wilson had a stroke years ago, and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2000. When this was shot, she was virtually non-verbal.

In the video, Feil, a Jewish woman, sings Christian hymns for Wilson. Feil explains her methodology, and how she connected with Wilson through songs from her youth and church life. As she sings, she explains to us, the viewer, how she matched her verbal and physical cues with the unspoken physical cues Wilson was giving her in return.

And then, without warning, something magical happens, making the “Naomi Feil Gladys Wilson video” one of the most popular YouTube clips this week. It is stunning, wonderful, and definitely worth watching to the end.

While Feil explains that these kinds of results don’t always happen with every patient every time she works with them, she does point out that if you have faith and patience, and continually try to make a connection, you can break through someone’s suffering and help them experience joy and peace. Check it out.

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