Al Abrams inducted, posthumously, into 2016 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Abrams was posthumously inducted into the State of Ohio's Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for his unprecedented endeavors to create a PR music movement for Motown and Stax Records that paralleled the Civil Rights Movement.

Abrams' Motown Black & White exhibit, which first debuted in Ohio, continues to travel the world. It was specifically created to showcase the diversity of kids coming of age together through music. They achieved phenomenal success as a family and crossed diverse lines together.

Humanity plays its music every day a voice is heard or an instrument is played.

2016 Ohio Senior Citizen Hall of Fame, State of Ohio
Induction, 19 May 2016, International Division

Past Notable Inductees include:

U.S. Senator & Astronaut John Glenn; Actor Paul Newman; Actor/Comedian Leslie Townes (Bob) Hope; Actress Lillian Gish; Albert B. Sabin, M.D.; James C. (Jesse) Owens; The Mills Brothers (Herbert, Harry, Donald); Bob Feller; Ohio State University Coaches: Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce; among others.

  • COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and members of the Ohio General Assembly honored ten accomplished older Ohioans - who have definitely made aging their business - with induction into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame during a special ceremony today in Columbus.

    "Ohio's growing and changing older population presents both challenges and opportunities for our state and our communities," said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the department.

    "The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame celebrates Golden Buckeyes who continue to grow, thrive and contribute throughout their lives, and who are leaders, advocates and role models. They demonstrate the many ways our elders are a precious resource for our state, nation and beyond."

    This year's honorees have elevated Ohio and their communities to the national and international stage, as well as created and fostered opportunities for their neighbors to live "Well Beyond 60."

    Al Abrams (posthumous), Findlay - Al is regarded as an "international music industry public relations icon" who helped launch an American institution, Motown Records, and served as the company's first publicist. Throughout his life and career, he ensured that the legacy of black history and black music was honored worldwide.

    (To watch entire induction ceremony & speeches:


Healing Power of Music

Imagine being trapped inside your own body, your connections to your memories and people you hold dear muddled and confused. For many Ohioans with Alzheimer's disease and   other dementias, this is their world. But what if something as simple as a song could change that?

How it works

Music & MemorySM is an innovative approach to dementia care pioneered by Dan Cohen and supported by neuroscience research. The program is an example of the type of person-centered care that Ohio is embracing. The Ohio Department of Aging is excited to bring this program to our state.

Through Music & MemorySM, individuals listen to their favorite music through the popular iPod digital music player. Music & MemorySM trains nursing home staff, other elder care professionals and family caregivers how to create and provide personalized playlists that enable those struggling with dementia to reconnect with the world through memories triggered by the music they love. The process builds lasting, caring relationships and improves the care experience for all involved.

Our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory. People with dementia, Parkinson's disease and other diseases that damage brain chemistry can reconnect to the world and gain improved quality of life from listening to personal music favorites.

Learn more about Music & MemorySM.


30 August 2016

Actor GENE WILDER passed away at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, at the age of 83 holding hands with family members as everyone sang his favorite song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Wilder had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years earlier.  Music unlocks lives and sometimes gives back a few cherished memories.

Music connects us in so many diverse ways to life.