Celebrate World Music Day

June 21, 2024

The harmonious and vibrant tunes of World Music Day are once again ready to engulf us all in a euphoric celebration of musical diversity. This annual event brings together people from all walks of life to embrace the universal language of music, showcasing its power to unite and uplift spirits worldwide. In this article, we explore the essence of World Music Day 2024, its history, and ways to participate in this extraordinary global celebration.

What is World Music Day 2024?

World Music Day, also known as Fête de la Musique, is an international event that celebrates the beauty and diversity of music. It transcends boundaries, cultures, and genres, encouraging people from all corners of the world to embrace music and its profound impact on our lives. On this day, musicians and music enthusiasts alike come together to perform, share their talents, and spread joy through the universal language of melody.

When is World Music Day 2024?

World Music Day is celebrated annually on June 21st. This date was chosen to coincide with the summer solstice, a day symbolizing the perfect balance of light and darkness. It serves as a metaphor for the harmony and unity that music brings to our lives, transcending differences and fostering a sense of togetherness.

How can I get involved in World Music Day 2024?

Participating in World Music Day 2024 is both simple and exciting. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

Attend Local Concerts and Events: Look out for concerts, open-air performances, and musical events taking place in your community. World Music Day encourages artists to perform in public spaces, parks, and streets, offering free concerts to everyone. Check local listings and join in the festivities.

Organize Your Own Musical Gathering: Gather your friends, family, or fellow musicians to create your own impromptu concert or jam session. Whether it’s in a park, at your home, or in a public square, create an atmosphere where people can come together to appreciate and enjoy live music.

Discover New Sounds: Use World Music Day as an opportunity to explore diverse genres and artists from around the world. Listen to music from different cultures, experiment with unique instruments, and broaden your musical horizons.

Share Your Musical Talents: If you are a musician, take this chance to showcase your talent and share your passion for music. Organize a small performance, record a video, or collaborate with fellow artists to create something special. Share your musical creations on social media using the hashtag #WorldMusicDay2024 to connect with a global audience.

The History of World Music Day 2024:

The World Music Day originated in France in 1982. The French Minister of Culture at the time, Jack Lang, envisioned a day where music would be celebrated in all its forms. The idea quickly gained popularity, and since then, World Music Day has spread across the globe, becoming an annual event celebrated in more than 120 countries.

The essence of World Music Day lies in its simplicity and inclusivity. It encourages amateur and professional musicians, music schools, orchestras, and communities to embrace the joy of music and share it with others. It promotes the belief that music has the power to bring people together, bridge cultural divides, and create a world where harmony and understanding prevail.

World Music Day 2024 is a celebration that transcends borders, cultures, and languages, uniting people through the magical medium of music. It offers an opportunity to appreciate the diversity of musical expressions and encourages active participation from individuals of all ages and backgrounds. So, mark your calendars for June 21st and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of melodies.

Resident Spotlight: Janie Smith


Music provides one of the joys of life. There is scientific evidence that listening to music uses all parts of the brain, thereby enhancing brain cognitive function. It is also known that playing a musical instrument increases these benefits. A recent study reported by Penn Medicine News, indicated that even beginning to play the piano between 60-85 years of age maintained the cognitive functions significantly! Residents of Kirby Pines have a unique exposure to a variety of musical performances. We are fortunate to have many residents who are talented musicians; one is Janie Smith, who performs as pianist for Vespers, Sunday morning worship services, the health areas, memorials and as primary pianist for our choral group, The Entertainers.

Lois Jane (Janie) Provence was born in a small community close to Knoxville, Tennessee. She had a sister who was 13 years old and a brother who was nine when she was born. According to Janie, “I think they would have been much happier without the interruptions of a baby sister.” As a child she remembers her greatest joy was swinging and singing and riding her bicycle. Janie attended elementary and secondary schools in Knox County. She began taking piano lessons when she was nine years old and was allowed to leave her school for the lessons. Janie’s goal was to be able to play the piano in church. She got that opportunity when she was 12 years old; the regular pianist at their church was absent one Sunday. A man who attended that church heard her play and asked her to play for his quartet. With them, Janie would travel to many revivals, homecomings, and special services at other churches. While in high school, Janie played piano for two choirs and graduation services.

Following graduation from high school, Janie enrolled and graduated from the two-year Knoxville Business School program. She began employment at Merrill-Lynch, for whom she worked for 21 years.

Young Janie

Soon after her graduation and beginning her employment at Merrill-Lynch, Janie was invited to her best friend’s church. Her friend wanted her to meet someone “she was crazy about” and wanted to date. That someone happened to be Edgar Earl Smith. Well, no surprises how this turned out! Earl’s father kept reminding him about that cute, blond girl that occasionally visited and played the piano at church. Janie had also been recruited to play for another gospel quartet and was traveling with them to other churches. Eventually, Earl asked Janie for a date. They were married a year later (1960) in the same church where they met. They would live in Knoxville where they were both employed.

Janie decided that she wanted to learn to play the organ and enrolled in lessons. In 1985, she decided to begin learning the pipe organ, a more complicated instrument. She contacted an instructor, and with her previous talent, she quickly learned. With her teacher’s encouragement, she gave a performance at the Fist Baptist Church in Knoxville in 1990. Also, Janie and Earl learned of a church, First Baptist Concord in Farragut, Tennessee, which was close to Knoxville. The church had a wonderful choir and needed someone to replace the retiring organist. Janie would play the organ for that church for many years as well as piano for two ladies choirs that sang for civic groups and different venues.

Janie and Earl lived and worked in Knoxville until 1992 when Earl was transferred to Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was the Operations Manager for American Limestone Company, a division of Asarco Corporation. The primary business was selling crushed rock for paving roads. Earl, needing a change, chose to begin employment for a similar company, Martin Marietta Materials in Indiana, and finally, a move to Maryland for similar work. Earl retired in 2003, and Janie and Earl moved back home to Knoxville. Both enjoyed the retirement life: having a large garden, Earl playing golf, and Janie continuing her music. They were also “die-hard” University of Tennessee football fans and were season tickets holders for 40 years! They attended many away games after retirement.

Earl & Janie

In 2018, Janie and Earl made the decision to move to Memphis to be close to family members. Both were beginning to experience health issues. They looked at several places and were glad to learn about the continual care options available at Kirby Pines. The decision was made to move to Kirby Pines in 2018. Earl is now a resident of Job’s Way, our memory care unit. Janie visits him daily and frequently plays the piano for the residents there.

Janie and Earl were a godsend to Kirby Pines. Not only is Janie a wonderful pianist, her positive attitude and warm personality make for pleasant associations. She gives so freely of her time to play for many of the musical venues at Kirby. She definitely has filled a void with her talent. 

Janie misses those East Tennessee mountains but enjoys living at Kirby Pines. She especially appreciates the friendly people and staff and all the amenities that are available. She enjoys yoga and is pleased to be able to share her musical talents. Thank you, Janie and Earl, for making the decision to be a part of the Kirby community!

Written by Joan Dodson, Resident of Kirby Pines.

Assisted Devices and Technology

walking with a walker outdoors

Do you remember The Jetsons? Set in 2062, you may remember The Jetsons as a futuristic show that played with ideas about the future for laughs. People lived in houses in the sky, worked a three-day workweek, and drove aerocars that looked like flying saucers. The most impressive part of the show was the incredible conveniences that left the Jetsons with plenty of leisure time. While we may not have aerocars that fly us around, we certainly have many technologies and devices to make our lives easier!

There are numerous assistive devices, such as walkers, canes, hearing aids, and glasses. Remember, this category includes anything designed to help in performing a specific function. There are infinite options out there – it really comes down to what you need a little help and support with. The most common categories of devices include: 

hearing aid

Mobility Devices – help you move from place to place with more independence. Examples: Rollators, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, canes, prosthetics

Daily Living Devices – help you complete activities of daily living. Examples: Adapted cutlery and cups, shower seats and stools, dressing sticks

Hearing Aids – help you hear or hear more clearly

Vision Devices – helps you see more clearly. Examples: Magnifiers, eye glasses, screen readers

Woman using magnifying glass

Assistive technologies might include smart home assistants, medication reminders, and medical alert systems. These technologies can either be low-tech, such as phones with larger number buttons on them, or high-tech, like balance and fall prevention systems. In today’s world, you can simply ask AI to record your shopping list, set a reminder about taking your medication, or ask what day of the week it is. We have technology at our fingertips – much like the Jetsons did! Imagine where we will be in 2062!

What assistive devices do you use – and are they the most appropriate device(s) for you? Consider contacting the Therapy Team at Kirby Pines to learn more about what assistive technology and devices may be most beneficial for you! 

Weight Training 101

lifting weights

Use these tips to learn how to work out with weights.

Getting started lifting weights can be tough – especially if you are coping with arthritis and are unsure of which exercises are the best and safest for your joints. How much weight should you use? How many times should you lift it? We compiled a list of weight training basics to answer your questions. 

How long and how often? Begin with 20 to 30 minute weight training sessions, two or three days each week. Within four to twelve weeks, you should see noticeable benefits, such as improved energy and muscle tone. Within six months, most people increase their strength 40 percent or more. Give your body at least one recovery day between sessions (although some people may need more, especially in the beginning). 

How much weight? Start with a pair of light dumbbell hand weights (2 to 3 pounds for women and 5 to 8 pounds for men). If you can’t do 12 repetitions (reps are the number of times you do the exercise) the weight is too heavy. If your muscles don’t feel tired after 12 reps, it’s too light. Adjustable weights that can be strapped to wrists or ankles may be convenient if you have arthritis in your hands. You can also use home or gym weight machines, or resistance bands. 

How many reps and sets? For general toning and strength, the American College of Rheumatology and American Council on Exercise recommend completing one set of eight to 12 reps, working the muscle to the point of fatigue by the last few reps of each set. 

Walking outdoors

What kind of exercises? Work all major muscle groups, starting with the larger muscles. Always include exercises for opposing muscles: for example, work the biceps and triceps of your arms, and the quadriceps and hamstrings of your thighs. Avoid above-the-shoulder exercises if you have arthritis in your upper body, and talk to your doctor before using leg press machines if you have arthritis in your knees or hips. 

How do I do it? Lift slowly and smoothly, counting four counts up and four counts down. Avoid locking (fully straightening) knees or elbows, which stresses joints. Deliberately exhale when lifting, and inhale when lowering. 

If you want to know more about weight training, see Kim Roberts. She will be happy to help and is available in the Oasis, Monday and Friday at 8:00 am and Wednesday at 9:00 am. 

June is Chock Full of Fun at Kirby Pines

Whew! What a Mother’s Day Celebration we had here at Kirby Pines! Great Food! Spectacular Weather! The most amazing multi-generational bunch of people I have seen in one place at the same time! I must stop and thank each and every staff member for their hard work and efforts. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated staff!

June will be just as fun filled. There is so much going on to keep one “Enjoying life and being entertained!” Just like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day will be quite special. There are three (3) other activities on June’s calendar that I would like to promote.

On Saturday, June 8th, there will be a trip to Meddlesome Brewing Company to visit the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. I’m encouraging all veterans and interested residents to come and join us in this very special tribute to our Brothers and Sisters who did not return from this tragic war that split our country and left an indelible scar on our great nation. (Please see the Activities Department for sign-ups and departure times.)

On Friday, June 28th, at 6:30 p.m. our very own Kirby Pines Kast of Karachaters (that is my name) will be putting on their very own rendition of the musical “Oklahoma.” I have been peaking in at their rehearsals. It has been amazing to me to watch the dedication as well as the fun that our cast is exhibiting every Friday when they come together for practice. It will truly be a “Can’t Miss” performance. I encourage all to attend!

My last activity to highlight is my favorite: Men’s Christian Fellowship. Calling ALL KIRBY MEN! Come join Kirby Men in sharing a great cup of coffee, a fresh pastry or donut, and some words of inspiration that can lift you up for the whole week. Join us every Saturday @ 7:45 am in the Large Card Room.


Michael J. Brown, Jr.
Executive Director, Kirby Pines

This World is Not My Home

Reflections by Maxie Dunnam

Stairway into the clouds

IN my growing up years in rural Mississippi, we sang a lot in our worship. Many of our songs focused on salvation; especially judgement, and life after death. I can still remember, and often when I’m alone, I sing some of those songs. 

When We All Get to Heaven 
I’ll Meet You in the Morning 
This World is Not My Home 

There was a season in my theological journey when I snickered at some of those songs…the imagery was so literal and the emphasis on heaven, so “sentimental.” I’m grateful that portion of my journey didn’t last too long. Today, I sing joyfully. 

This world is not my home 
I’m just a-passing through 
My treasures are laid up 
Somewhere beyond the blue 
The angels beckon me 
`From heaven’s open door 
And I can’t feel at home anymore. 

Since Eden, we have never known a world without sin, suffering and death. For Christians, “new persons in Christ,” our faith is certain: this world, is not our home. It is not all there is. Jesus didn’t fumble with his words. He talked about a place “with many rooms’ to which he was going to prepare place for his friends, “that you may be where I am.” (John 14:13) 

Pilgrims is a good label for Christians. This earth, as it is, will never be our home. But think of it…a new heaven, and a new earth. Though our eternal home is not presently on earth, God’s promise is that, “in heaven,” we will share in creating a new earth

Why don’t you sing it with me, 

Just over in Glory-land 
We’ll live eternally 
The saints on every hand 
Are shouting victory 
Their songs of sweetest praise 
Drift back from heaven’s shore 
And I can’t feel at home 
In this world anymore. 

-Maxie Dunnam  

Congratulations to Our Champion of the Month: Vicki Lee


Patient Care Assistant – Caring In Place

Describe your family: Loving, caring, goofy and fun.  

Describe yourself in five words: Loyal, caring, supportive, creative and hard-working.  

What do you do for fun: Walking in the park, going to a restaurant, swimming, the arcade. 

Do you have any hobbies: Singing. 

What is your favorite thing about your job: Helping others. 

What is Your favorite food: Pasta and Nachos.

What is your favorite song: Smile by Kirk Franklin. 

What is something you are proud of: Knowing I can brighten up someone’s day. 

What would you like people to know about you: I’m easy to get along with and love to listen. 

“Vicki helps several of our residents on a daily basis. As soon as she gets to work, she is running from apartment to apartment.If we get a last minute call, regardless of what she’s doing, she jumps into action. She always finds the positive in every situation and has a great attitude. She is truly a team player and I am so grateful to have her in Caring In Place”. 

– Tania Fuqua, Director, Caring In Place 

Celebrating National Nurses Week

May 6-12, 2024

National Nurses Day is the first day of National Nursing Week, which concludes on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Yet the week was first observed in the US in October 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s pioneering work in Crimea. 

In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower asking him to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year to coincide with the anniversary. Although the President didn’t act, the celebration was observed thanks to a bill sponsored by Representative Frances P. Bolton, and the following year a new bill was introduced to Congress lobbying for official recognition of the celebration. 

Twenty years later, in February of 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week to be celebrated annually in May. Over the next eight years, various nursing organizations including the American Nurses Association (ANA) rallied to support calls for a “National Recognition Day for Nurses” on May 6, which was eventually proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. 

The American Nurses Association extended the celebration to “Nurses Week,” and the dates May 6-12 became permanent as of 1994. Within Nurses Week, National Student Nurse Day is May 8, and National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday that falls during Nurses Week. 

Nursing has always been a profession that needs more than just your time and knowledge. Nursing requires heart, passion, and dedication to serving others. Nurses Week allows the public to acknowledge and thank nurses for the work they choose every day. It’s a chance for us to pause and thank the nurses who have made a difference in our lives. 


Resident Spotlight: Bill & Marilyn Crosby 

The Crosbys


Unquestionably, Marilyn and Bill Crosby will leave a strong legacy as both have achieved much in their personal and professional lives. They have reared two sons, Chris and Matthew, who are productive citizens, and devoted their lives toward their families and helping others. 

The Crosbys are typical of many couples in the South: one born in Arkansas, the other in Mississippi, then to Memphis, Tennessee, to start their adult lives. However, to interact with this couple, you will find they are atypical in their personalities. Although both have the same persona of warmth and friendliness, Bill is more reserved, whereas Marilyn is “bubbly” and enthusiastic in her interactions with others. Both personalities have blended well, and they remain happily married since 1965. 

Marilyn Meador’s life began in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. However, her parents divorced when she was seven; her mother moved with Marilyn and her brother to El Dorado, Arkansas. Before Marilyn’s senior year in high school, her mother became ill, and it was necessary for Marilyn and Johnny to move to Helena, Arkansas, to live with their father. 

Despite a disruptive life, Marilyn thrived, making good grades and lasting friendships wherever she lived. In high school, she played French horn and was voted most friendly her senior year. Marilyn always knew she wanted to be a nurse, but she also wanted to have an opportunity to experience college. However, her father had other ideas, so she applied and was accepted into the prestigious Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Memphis. The requirements and restrictions there, according to Marilyn, “were much like living in a convent.” Marilyn continues, “We were treated well by Baptist: everything was provided for us, and we were taken on outings and given nice gifts at Christmas. Classes were difficult, but I loved my instructors and classmates.” 

Following graduation, Marilyn immediately began employment at Baptist Hospital, relieving the head nurse on the Charity Unit. Her entire professional life was spent at Baptist working all services, and at one time becoming the youngest head nurse there. 

As a registered nurse, Marilyn set a good example with her warm, tender care of patients and employees. She retired after 35 years, but, soon began work part-time in the Baptist Out-Patient Pavilion. She worked there an additional 15 years: a total of 50 years giving nursing care! Marilyn says that the individualized care and the wonderful co-workers made this one of her most rewarding experiences. While working part-time, Marilyn enrolled in the nursing program at Union University, earning a B.S. in Nursing. 

When Baptist Memorial Hospital celebrated its 50 year anniversary, Marilyn was asked to write an article about “the early days.” The following are some excerpts from the article, The Way It Was: “Nurses have a special bond: no one can understand what is involved in nursing unless you are one. As soon as I started working in the hospital, I knew I had chosen the right career. It was great to see how my efforts could help and encourage the patients. Few professions can provide the satisfaction that nursing does. When things are difficult, the nurse must maintain the empathy and drive to provide the best care possible. As a profession, nursing is still a high calling in every sense of the word.” 

Bill Crosby was born in Greenville, Mississippi, but Bill and his three siblings spent most of their youth in Indianola, Mississippi, where their father owned a home appliance store. Their father, an entrepreneur, pioneered in the cable television industry. This venture “allowed” Bill to spend his last year in Indianola, climbing poles to hang TV cable and crawling under houses where he met all kinds of vermin. 

While in school, from seventh grade until graduation, Bill played football and whatever sport was in season. He also played football at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. There, he received a B.S. in Sociology and, according to Bill, graduated “Thankya Laude.” 

Crosby's wedding
The Crosbys 1965

Bill’s first job was with Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Headquarters. The remaining years of his professional life were spent in property management and construction marketing: first for First Tennessee Bank, and then with various construction and hotel companies. After retirement, he was once again lured in to work 19 additional years for a renovation contractor in New Jersey. Although travel was involved, Bill maintained an office based in Memphis. 

Marilyn and Bill met at a party given by the girl who was dating Bill. Not surprisingly, Bill realized he would rather date Marilyn. Bill says it took him a year to convince Marilyn to marry him. In addition to their two wonderful sons and daughters-in-law, they have three grandchildren with which they enjoy much “grandparenting time!’ 

The Crosbys have traveled extensively, including Europe and the Holy Lands; some of it was in missionary work. They have been active members of Christ Methodist Church since 1971. Bill has served in several capacities there: as Chair of Church Council and Trustees, and assisting in establishing the Emmaus Walk in England. Bill has also coached various youth sports, including soccer, which he has never played! 

Marilyn and Bill have been at Kirby Pines for two years. Pleased with all the amenities and activities here, both enjoy the exercise programs, and Bill has developed an interest in acrylic painting. They are also happy to be here with about 20 members of their Sunday School Class. They are a great addition to our Kirby Pines community. 

Written by Joan Dodson, Resident of Kirby Pines.

The Importance of Better Hearing

Human hearing may be picking up and processing all the sounds in our surroundings, even when we aren’t aware of it.

It has been said that communication is the foundation of relationships. Without good hearing health, communication may be challenging. With May being Better Hearing and Speech Month, let’s dig into the importance of good hearing health, and what can be done to keep your ears functioning in tip top shape! 

Benefits of Healthy Hearing: 

  • Ability to successfully communicate – eliminates the frustration of missing out on conversations or being isolated from social interactions 
  • Can have a positive benefit on brain functioning and memory 
  • Supports independence and security 

As with many things, there is a chance that your hearing health may decline over time. Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) gradually occurs as we grow older, and there is no research to suggest it can be prevented. Noise-induced hearing, however, can be preventable. There are certain things, like listening to music that is too loud, that can contribute to hearing loss. If the loss is substantial and goes untreated, it can result in a decreased quality of life. Untreated hearing loss has also been linked to sadness, depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, and poor social relationships. 

What are some of the common signs of hearing loss? 

  • Repeatedly asking people to repeat what they say 
  • Feeling like others are always mumbling or not speaking clearly 
  • Difficulty hearing and understanding speech in noisy environments 
  • Missing words or phrases on the telephone 
  • Turning the volume up on the television or radio louder than normal 
  • Tinnitus, ringing, or buzzing sounds 

It’s not too late to take the right steps to protect your hearing and reduce your risk for hearing loss. 

Tips to Keep Your Hearing Healthy: 

Woman doing a hearing test
  • Wear earplugs, protective earmuffs, or noise-canceling headphones around loud noises, such as live music or construction noise 
  • Turn down the volume of the TV, radio, or music – remember, if you need to shout, the sound is too loud! 
  • Have your hearing tested regularly 
  • Take headphone breaks. When you use headphones, keep the volume down 
  • Check medication side effects 

If you exhibit any of the symptoms mentioned above, or want to learn more about what you can do to help keep your hearing in tip top shape, please contact the Functional Pathways Therapy Team for guidance.