The book is designed to facilitate Christian worship. It accomodates to the unique perceptual conditions that arise from Alzheimer’s disease (or various other problems of cognition); thus the large type size and sans serif face, simplicity of format, and rather literal connection between the illustrations and the lyrics. Songs have been chosen for their qualities of optimism, comfort, cheer, familiarity to the age cohort most likely to use the book, concreteness in expression of praise and thanksgiving, and alignment with traditional Christianity.
The book and compatible CD have brought great comfort to many homebound or institutionalized individuals. The music is presented in a personal format, as it would sound if the musicians were making a personal visit. Some people like to sing along with the CD, others “page along” as they listen, while still others will read or sing without the CD. It has been useful with groups, and is available without the CD.
The authors encourage family members and friends to sing along with those they visit. Emphasis is on meaning and melody to evoke recognition and an experience of private worship. It is well established by research that music powerfully can stimulate alertness, and bring joy and comfort, all of which invigorates those whose life circumstances are confined by physical, mental, or emotional limitations. Every chance you get, sing boldly, for by doing so you kindle the warmth of Christian praise and thanks in the mind and heart of the persons you are with.
The Songs: Holy, Holy, Holy; He Leadeth Me; Fairest Lord Jesus; Blessed Assurance; Jesus Lover of My Soul; In the Garden; Jesus Loves Me; Rock of Ages; Abide With Me; Jesus Loves the Little Children; All Hail the Power of Jesus Name; My Faith Looks Up to Thee; What a Friend We Have in Jesus; The Old Rugged Cross; For the Beauty of the Earth; Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee; Amazing Grace.