ANDREA SCAVELLI THE WHEATLEY SCHOOL: Effect of Ol' Blue Eyes
January 15, 2009
Andrea Scavelli, 17, of East Williston, New York's Wheatley School, researched the effects of playing nostalgic background music for elderly patients with Alzheimer's. What she found was that songs such as Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me" improved patients' moods and increased their ability to perform mental tasks, such as identifying pencils and other objects. Scavelli was not too surprised: she favors music of the 1940s and '50s herself: "My iPod's full of it." Scavelli was one of five semifinalists at Wheatley, the largest number in the small school's history.