Pat and Donna Surface and their Minnesota Memory Care Tour
Pat and Donna have visited several cities in Minnesota, performing at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, and senior residences - bringing their uplifting music and Performance Signing to residents, their families, and staff. The response is always humbling and heart-warming, with facilities asking them to return (some comments below).
These performances are especially meaningful to Pat and Donna. Both Donna's dad and Pat's mom spent their last days in assisted-living facilities - Donna's dad with Alzheimer's and Pat's mom with dementia. Pat and Donna have witnessed first-hand how music is the last thing people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia lose. When they can remember nothing else, familiar lyrics and melodies spark life back into vacant eyes. Frequently, Pat and Donna will walk into a room filled with near-catatonic people, who immediately become alert when the music starts - smiling and singing along.
Thank you for setting up the Good Samaritan Center of Battle Lake with the wonderful entertainment of Pat Surface and his wife Donna. We were very happy to be one of the recipients of this special event. Pat singing while Donna performing sign language pleasantly stimulated the senses and fed each and every one of our souls. The residents and the staff thoroughly enjoyed this performance (and the jokes). We so appreciated their talents and time spent with us. Know that you are welcome to come back to our home any time!
God Bless you!!
The Staff and the Residents at the Good Samaritan Center in Battle Lake
All of us here at Heritage Living Center want to express our deepest appreciation to the Spiritwood Forget Me Not Foundation. The afternoon that Pat and Donna were here was wonderful! Seeing our residents respond to the music and sign language was priceless! There were times the sight of their enjoyment brought tears to the staff and to family members as well who attended.
Thank you again!
Heritage Living Center
I want to thank you, Pat & Donna for sharing your talents & stories to benefit those who suffer with Alzheimer's and those who care for them, and for everyone who has enjoyed watching your performance. Thank You for a moving performance that touched the hearts of many & May God Keep You Safe as you continue on your journey!!!
Emmanuel Community, Detroit Lakes, MN
The residents really enjoyed Pat’s music and family and residents alike were impressed with Donna’s ability to engage with the residents with her interpretive dance. She had the crowd moving with her, and Pat and Donna’s energy flowed thru the room. It was a very enjoyable evening and we would love to have them come back. It was wonderful to see that when one of the resident’s started to sing a third verse of a song Pat and Donna just joined in. The Music and Dance was incredibly uplifting. Thank you!
Karen Laughlin ADC
Activities Director, Perham Memorial Home