When you place your loved one in a nursing home one of your biggest fears is that they’ll become isolated and alone. Losing someone to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is difficult, and knowing that you might be there one day is a little scary too.
Recently, more and more nursing homes have turned to music to help elderly folks find renewed meaning and connection in their lives.
The folks at MUSIC & MEMORY believe in a simple, elegant, and effective approach to helping elders in care facilities: they train elder care professionals on how to best set up personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for those they care for.
The musical favorites of these folks tap into deep memories that have not been lost to dementia, bringing residents and clients back to life, helping them feel like themselves again. Socializing, conversing with others, and staying present are all promoted by listening to their favorite tunes.
This work is backed by extensive neuroscience research, and the results are nothing short of miraculous. The man in the video below is Henry. Henry suffered from dementia for a decade and was barely able to speak words to anyone. After Music & Memory built him a customized music program on his iPod, Henry seemed to experience a re-awakening.
Henry’s experience is not unique; hundreds of Music & Memory certified care centersthroughout the U.S. and Canada are helping thousands of residents who grapple with the side effects of dementia and other chronic cognitive and physical impairments.
Residents are seen to be more happy and social, relationships among staff and family members are strengthened, and there is growing evidence that personalized music programs will help reduce reliance on anti-psychotic medications.
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