The Alzheimer's Music Fest turns 6 this year. And founder Vince Zangaro started it because Alzheimer's is a huge part of his life.
“I’ve been a caregiver for 14 years,” he said in an interview with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes. His dad was diagnosed with the disease at age 62 when Zangaro was just 29. Since then, Zangaro has had to completely readjust his life, which up to that point had fully revolved around songwriting and touring.
Music and the festival, though, ended up being what helped Zangaro and his father escape the isolation they felt as patient and caregiver.
“We were lonely. We didn’t know any other Alzheimer’s families,” Zangaro said. “Building a community, even though we help other families, it has really helped us out tremendously.”
The Alzheimer's Music Fest is Saturday, starting at 2 p.m., at MadLife Stage and Studios in Woodstock, Georgia. All proceeds from the festival are donated to caretakers and their families.