Local group plays music at retirement facilities

Bakersfield students play music for those inside a retirement home on Saturday, March 18, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A local group is using music to help with memory at retirement facilities around town.

They're called The Music of Bakersfield.

Two years ago, Isaac Kim, a Stockdale High School student, started a group to bring young volunteers and senior citizens together through the joy of music.

The non-profit has 11 active volunteers.

Saturday afternoon, the group performed at The Brookdale Riverwalk retirement home.

The music is allowing the residents to remember. "We've actually seen a lot of improvement with the people in the memory care unit because they can actually know and can greet some of our members by name," said Isaac Kim.

Residents smile, hum, and even sing along to the music. "It transports you to a happy time, it brings back good memories, its kind of at the heart, it's like a fantasy, you can take trips to places of love, to joy, to sorrow," said resident, Almetta Shannon.

The group will be performing at the Amtrak station next to Beale, 601 Truxtun Avenue, on March 25th from 11a.m.-4p.m.

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