I think this is a great idea! On a symbolic level, it brings together concepts as sharing, community, and entertainment in one unique event. So simple, yet so effective!
To further define the structure of the event, how about including some small games to play during the lunch? I'm thinking about initiatives as wall of gratitude to be filled with thoughts on post-its or a "gratitude piñata" to be filled (and then disrupted) all together?
These are just trivial examples.. but I think that including an additional level of entertainment could make people attending feel in an even more cheerful mood, and fostering their willingness to participate to future events.
This is a great idea Devendra! I agree with you both on the use of music to heal dementia and in the suggestion to find a way to provide music therapy in-home services. I would also like to suggest you some academic articles on this topic that may help in further strengthening the validity of your point. Vink, A. C., Bruinsma, M. S., & Scholten, R. J. (2003). Music therapy for people with dementia. The Cochrane Library, available at: <https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/2973/01b1c95247a48d1f1c2c3f7fff65fcb4baa5.pdf >
Koger, S. M., Chapin, K., & Brotons, M. (1999). Is music therapy an effective intervention for dementia? A meta-analytic review of literature. Journal of Music Therapy, 36(1), 2-15, Available at: <https://watermark.silverchair.com/36-1-2.pdf?token=AQECAHi208BE49Ooan9kkhW_Ercy7Dm3ZL_9Cf3qfKAc485ysgAAAewwggHoBgkqhkiG9w0BBwagggHZMIIB1QIBADCCAc4GCSqGSIb3DQEHATAeBglghkgBZQMEAS4wEQQMj3uKRMRa99Cl4ZeRAgEQgIIBn_-S1srAwbe1xHM3TChHMUoRJtf3533q4bTGgcTQwmb2WjHef7KusMGynDOAcdd0qQWLW6iM0dRaPZ0knAvllEuavnhfqz2rzUgKr3qi8P7nYESw-lpt7tzGkaoQIIAwgjUZeVC9NZ5NCsZtFuzNn9myNmzSVQbRgsmQpQ7MhIPigadiF5GP_MolQkkgM1NvYWwwQn4ZHSvCF7R8g2h2WSTlcNI6RO2Ai-rZv-FqIexGrobHD6qB9Qp3ml3ldcx1zszG0PrTOAPX4GU4n4YhqyYXsNtujR75pFbMd8oiZQhQXOFCDmgdTrDo6T09KV3woGEzLhdI699VepJbtLHkDy1kJUEHdFFk4XrXZ-CjNDcXx3ROF7Rf0DTGNATd4XvOww0Yl3UXOJdQR_r_oBgjHH2T-t_estW5WfIz7EW9hHWXGQ91TbawGb8Zv9cJTgt3iYOlj9UgJXTKL1qK905YCUBk9pkWPvTgqDIR3hy3dlLbJdRBljBxuKMAkTsM3nEIVEycGhPIA7q4FmKdUqN-88oYN8hPqwWaLGYNcSJChwg >