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Musicians perform to end Alzheimer’s

Organist Stephen Boniface and soprano Kathryn Campbell use music to fight Alzheimer’s .
Organist Stephen Boniface and soprano Kathryn Campbell use music to fight Alzheimer’s .
Stone Church of Willow Glen

Organist Stephen Boniface and soprano Kathryn Campbell are using music to fight Alzheimer’s disease with a concert 2 p.m., Sunday, September 14 at the Stone Church of Willow Glen in San Jose, CA.

Admission is free. Donations will be collected to support the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer's Benefit Concert feature an eclectic program, with selections ranging from classical and opera to musical theater, performed on a pristine 1986 Schoenstein pipe organ and a Steinway grand piano.

“We are performing instead of walking!” said organist Paul Rosas who founded the concerts series which is sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

Boniface is also raising funds for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

There are 600 walk events held throughout the United States. The San Francisco Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held September 20 and the San Jose Walk will be held October 11.

Five million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. That number will double by 2030 as Baby Boomers continue to live longer.

The Alzheimer’s Association is holding the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s to raise money for research that includes other dementias including Parkinson’s disease as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

Also funded are direct services to people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

Rosener House Adult Day Care, a program of Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., is among the services that receive funding from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Participants in Rosener House include people with Alzheimer's disease, other dementias, Parkinson's disease, stroke, heart disease, and other age-related physical or cognitive conditions. Rosener House provides a daytime program of therapeutic activities, health and support services, in a caring environment that is enjoyable and emotionally supportive to participants and to their families.

The Stone Church of Willow Glen is located at 1937 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125.

For more information about the Alzheimer's Benefit Concert, visit www.stonechurch.org. For more information about Alzheimer's disease and the Alzheimer's Association, visit www.alz.org.