Urban Senior: Keeping time (St. Vincent's: Langara)

From the moment music therapist Leah Rosling plays the first song — George Gershwin is featured today — a dozen or so residents break into smiles as they remember familiar lyrics. Eve Duke, age 91, closes her eyes and sways to the beat, her index finger tapping to the tune.

“Who’s singing that — I haven’t heard that voice since I was a little kid,” says Duke, who has lived at Providence Health Care’s St. Vincent’s Langara residential care home for the past year.

Music therapy is Duke’s favourite program. No wonder, considering her distinguished career as a jazz singer and pianist and most notably as a protégé of renowned band leader and musician Duke Ellington (no relation).

Jane Mundy reports

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