Woman Plays Piano for Grandpa, 93, With Alzheimer's—His Reaction Is Beautiful

A video of a woman playing the piano for her 93-year-old grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer's disease has gone viral online, having been viewed by a staggering 10.5 million people.

In the clip, which was shared on Instagram on October 23, we can see a woman named Sheela Awe sitting at the piano playing classical music.

Text overlaying the footage reads: "My grandpa is 93 and has Alzheimer's. Every 10 mins he asks me who I am & where I'm from."

According to the Alzheimer's Association, the disease is the "most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life."

In the video, we then see an elderly gentleman enter the room, and look at the woman as the text reveals that he "sneaks in to see who is playing the piano."

"He's thinking 'who is this strange lady playing my piano...' ???"

The man then comes closer and stands to listen before giving her a thumbs up. He then sits down in an armchair to listen more, before dozing off.

The adorable footage is captioned: "My grandpa is 93 and has Alzheimer's.

"He doesn't know my name, where I live or who I am. This is us, sharing a moment of happiness, where memory doesn't have to play a part in the experience.

"Life is too short y'all. Make space for love & cherish the present moment with your loved ones."

The clip has attracted 429,000 views on Instagram, as well as 45,000 likes.

Additionally it was also shared to TikTok, where it has attracted a whopping 10.1 million views, and more than 2.1 million likes.

Many people have rushed to the comments section to share their thoughts on the heartwarming video.

One social media user, Roadiela, wrote: "First off I had no idea you could play the piano and so beautifully at that. This is very sweet and put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing."

Another person, Yuna, shared: "Omg [oh my god] Sheela this made me cry a lil I miss my grandpa."

Spicybunny typed: "Play songs that were popular during his time!! Maybe you can unlock some memories! Music is powerful and magical."

Iits.emilyy added: "Music therapy is amazing for elders with Azheimers and Dementia."

Roadiela wrote: "First off I had no idea you could play the piano and so beautifully at that. This is very sweet and put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing."

Claratheartist revealed: "MY FACE IS WET AND ITS YOUR FAULTTTT. Also playyyy mama playyyy [love-heart emoji]."

Iluvsarahii admitted: "You're freaking amazing but this also had me [crying-face emoji]."

Melaniewilking called the video "just beautiful all around."

Melissamolinaro gushed: "And she play the piano!!! WHO ARE YOU WOMAN!!!!!!" alongside a string of clapping-hands emojis.

Julissa_prado excalimed: "Wow you are so talented!!!"

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A stock image of a woman playing piano. A woman played the piano for her grandfather, 93, who has Alzheimer's disease, and his reaction is melting hearts online. iStock