GRAND OLD TIMES
A Publication of Grand Gateway Area Agency on Aging
Serving Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers <& Washington Counties
Area Agency on Aging Staff
Kay Carter, Director
Information & Assistance
Coordinator / Editor
Caregiver Project Director
Lahona Young, Ombudsman
Elaine Evans, Ombudsman
Shannon Fellers, Bookkeeper
Assistance Admcaqr. Answers on Aging.
Case Management Team
Larry Hughes, CM Supervisor
Deanna Green, Case Manager
Connie Patrick, Case Manager
Trisha Dodd, Case Manager
Bill Waggoner, Case Manager
POWER in music?
When used appropriately, music can shift moods, manage
stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate brain function, and coordinate motor movements. Music
can bring out stored emotions and memories. It can enhance
a good mood and eliminate a bad mood. Music is our friend!
Jack Leroy Tueller, age 90, tells a remarkable experience he
had in World War II concerning music.
It was two weeks after D-Day. It was a dark, rainy, muddy,
miserable night. Jack always played his trumpet in the quiet
of the evening. His commander came by and told him there
was still one German sniper on the beach they had not captured, and it might be best if he didn't play his
trumpet this evening, as not to draw attention.
Jack thought about it and realized the German
was probably as scared and lonely as he was and
began to play a German love song on his trumpet.
The next morning, Jack saw a jeep coming from about a mile
up the shoreline. The jeep was carrying the last of the German
prisoners getting ready to send them to England. In broken
English, one of them kept trying to ask who was playing the
trumpet last night?
The German solider crying, told how the music had affected
him and even though he was there to kill them, the music had
kept him from it. He said he began to think about his finance,
his mom, dad, brothers and sisters. He offered Jack his hand
in gratitude and they shook hands. At that moment he was not
an enemy, just a scared lonely soldier who found peace in the
The power of music overcame even in war.