"Music makes me move, and moving is key to getting better."

A neurological examination discovered a malformation in the left frontal hemisphere of chef Carey Gordon. Surgery followed, but side effects from the resection left him with severe speech, motor control and memory impairment.

One day, while attending the Beth Abraham Adult Day Health Care Program, a fellow registrant overheard Carey singing and asked him to collaborate on a song he was composing in the Music Has Power Recording Studio. Carey quickly rediscovered his love and aptitude for music.

Playing the piano became a way for Carey to exercise fine motor skills and memory. In addition, he was able to reconnect with his love of making music.

“Music makes me move, and moving is key to getting better.”

Since starting music therapy, Carey has learned music theory, piano technique and the joys of composing his own music. With assistance from the social work staff at the Beth Abraham Adult Day Health Care Program, Carey entered a vocational rehabilitation program that retrained him and placed him back in the workforce.

“I hope and pray that I can get back to doing what I love to do: making excellent meals, making people smile as they go through their day –– and singing my way through it all.”

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