Make a Difference: The Medicare Country Band

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Have you ever considered the power of music?

If you think back through your life, I would bet music was at the center of your biggest moments. Remember what song was playing during your first kiss? The song you played during your first wedding dance? Or even the lullaby you used to sing to your baby?

Music can be magical!


You’ve heard the saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’ – but for the good folks at McMillan Adult Day Service in Terre Haute, it is music that proves therapeutic.

Twice a week for more than two decades…this group of retired men has been sharing their talents with the patients here.

They call themselves ‘The Medicare Country Band.’ Classic country that has folks like 83-year-old Evelyn Allen boot-scootin to better health.

“You can see it on their face. Once the music begins, they’re taken back in time to when they were fully healthy and could dance all night,” described Fran McCarthy, McMillan Adult Day Service.

94-year-old Leland Stanley is one of the senior seniors at McMillan. Normally tied to his walker, you can see as Leland lets go and lets loose…forgetting his ailments for the time being.

The majority of the patients at McMillian have dementia or Alzheimer’s. McMillan Adult Day Service gives their caregivers some much needed rest during the day while the country band makes a difference in other ways.

“…It brings back those memories they’ve forgotten and even if some of them remember just for a 3 minute song they’ve had a great 3 minutes of pure joy where they were up dancing and just feeling young again,” McCarthy continued.

Jack Lewis, Bob Swain and Mike Perkins: The Medicare Country Band. Volunteering their time for decades, putting smiles on these precious faces.

Lifting the fog of forgetfulness… isn’t it amazing what music can do?

Some would say it’s just men crooning’ an old country song but, one look in their faces…you know it’s much more! provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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