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December 1st 2021: Say YES to Youth Engaging Seniors (YES)!! with Dr. Gary Altheim

Inspired by his mother who has Alzheimer's Disease, Dr. Altheim found music to be the key to improving her relatedness and engagement. He combined that experience with an existing program known as Excel Growth and Development Services to create Youth Engaging Seniors (YES) an intergenerational program teaching you the path to connect with older adults through music, art, empathy, and general caring. Growth and Development Services (GDS) was created in 1996 to empower individuals and transform their lives by providing them with the motivation and means to discover and sustain purpose, pride

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Gary R. Altheim Psy. D.

Dr. Gary Altheim is a New York State licensed Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience in working therapeutically with emotionally challenged children, young adults, seniors, and families. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Growth and Development Services (GDS), a nonprofit organization that services elders and youth. He also has extensive experience working with seniors and elders with dementia. After discovering the healing power of music in caregiving for his mom with Alzheimer’s Disease, he created an intergenerational music program namesake, Youth Engaging Seniors (YES), to bring life and connection to elders with dementia and caregivers suffering from the burdens of
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