The Brighter Side

The Brighter Side

The Brighter Side

The Brighter Side This Music Man really delivers

This Music Man really delivers

Record delivery man Bob Knutson doesn't have any training in music or music therapy. For many years, he didn't even have an especially good ear for it, much less a passion.

The Brighter Side Living the dream, thanks to team: Resident completes mother-son dance with help from nursing home staff

Living the dream, thanks to team: Resident completes mother-son dance with help from nursing home staff

It's not unusual for nursing home staff to help a resident walk again.

The Brighter Side Daring to dream with her team: Resident completes mother-son dance with help from nursing home staff

Daring to dream with her team: Resident completes mother-son dance with help from nursing home staff

It's not unusual for nursing home staff to help a resident walk again. But when that resident has a rare neurodegenerative disease and wants badly not to just walk but to dance at her son's wedding, that's a goal requiring true teamwork.

The Brighter Side Nursing and rehab center all hopped up over bunny's social media naming contest

Nursing and rehab center all hopped up over bunny's social media naming contest

Just before Easter, residents at Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center adopted a furry new friend, a 2-year-old "rescue" bunny blessed with beautiful, floppy ears — but no name.

The Brighter Side Seniors rocking kindness

Seniors rocking kindness

About 20 seniors at Chestnut Knoll Residential Care and Memory Care are planning to rock some strangers' lives, one lilac or Kelly green stone at a time.

The Brighter Side Seeds from all over U.S. spring up at Kentucky nursing home

Seeds from all over U.S. spring up at Kentucky nursing home

About 15 residents of Liberty Care and Rehabilitation in rural Casey County, Kentucky, have been busy prepping their two-year-old garden since early February, lettuce leaves and broccoli stalks already emerging from the soil by the first day of spring.

The Brighter Side Double duty: CNA steps in to minister to dying resident and family during snowstorm

Double duty: CNA steps in to minister to dying resident and family during snowstorm

Roland Fernandes has been ministering to Christians for 35 years, but on a snowy day in upstate New York last week, he said a special prayer for a 91-year-old woman under his care.

The Brighter Side Leading their own life: Marylanders with dementia

Leading their own life: Marylanders with dementia

Remaining social can be a struggle for residents who are grappling with dementia, but one senior-care provider may have found a way to alleviate it.

The Brighter Side Oh, baby! Dolls bring new life to nursing home

Oh, baby! Dolls bring new life to nursing home

Volunteer Sandy Cambron did her best to rekindle parental love among dozens of memory-impaired residents at Kentucky's Park Terrace Health Campus — one lifelike baby doll at a time.

The Brighter Side New vows, for better or worse

New vows, for better or worse

Seven couples at a Massachusetts nursing home renewed their vows during individual ceremonies last week, part of an annual effort to honor lasting love.