9 Sep 2016
The healing power of music is universal. It transcends time and prompts listeners to relive their first love, a youthful adventure, or other meaningful memories. Recognizing the profound importance of music in our lives, the Music & Memory program was created to improve the quality of life for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Using an iPod loaded with a personalized music playlist, memories are triggered and the listener can reconnect with the world to varying degrees.
The program is gaining popularity in care settings and at home. The Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Croton-on-Hudson implemented the program in its memory-impaired community in 2015. Patricia Nickerson, the Director of Social Services, comments, “We are always looking for ways to improve the care we provide to our residents who have cognitive deficits. The Music and Memory program offered an intervention that would be person-centered for later stage dementia residents.”
“Some residents enjoy hearing music after lunch or when formal activities end in the afternoon,” she continues. “Residents smile or sing along when listening or simply move their heads to the beat,” says Nickerson.
The Music & Memory program has a calming influence and enables listeners to relive happy memories.