A music therapy session for seniors with cognitive disabilities is observed at Westgate Lodge Long-term Care Home in Belleville on Mar. 11, 2015. Andy Forgie (centre) is a local musician in the band All You Need Is Love and is also promotions manager at the Empire Theatre, who also conducts music therapy sessions in his spare time. Lois Adamson (left of Forgie) is a resident in the cognitive disabilities wing at Westgate Lodge and is known for being energetic and welcoming towards other residents during the music therapy sessions.
Lois Adamson dances in a carefree and energetic manner with a few other ladies. Depending on the day, and the music choice of Andy Forgie— the musician who performs the sessions— Adamson, who has a cognitive disability, will either be somewhat vacant or extremely engaged in the session.
Andy Forgie serenades Frances McDonald while she dances in the centre of the circle of elders, giving her some focused one-on-one time, which he believes to be the ticket in helping to treat seniors with cognitive disabilities.