The first question you may have is What is Music and Memory at Wheatcrest Hills?
Music and Memory helps people living with a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges to find renewed joy in life through musical favorites. It is based upon a large amount of research.
Does Personalized Music Make a Difference? We think it does, because:
- Listening to musical favorites help reduce depression, anxiety, and can also moderate pain
- Musical favorites tap deep memories and can improve quality of life
- We have found that participants are happier, more social, and receptive to care and family visits
- Personalized music can help to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, and pain medications
Who Can Participate?
Anyone can benefit from the power of listening to musical favorites. As we build our program, we will be able to offer it to all who are interested. It’s effective for a variety of impairments and disorders:
- People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia
- Individuals who are bed-bound, on dialysis, or ventilators
- People with chronic pain
- Those receiving hospice care
Here’s a quote from Melissa Hunt, Administrator at Wheatcrest Hills :
“We have been playing music before and during our regular activities. One resident, who is usually silent, sings along, with the biggest smile on her face, while clapping to the beat.”
Our program, Music and Memory at Wheatcrest Hills is not very complicated and has really helped increase our resident’s quality of life! Our colleagues find that it is a really enjoyable experience to work with our residents, talk about their musical tastes, and create a playlist for them. In the case where a resident is not very responsive, we speak with family members to get clues as to what their beloved songs might be.
If you know someone who could benefit from this program, contact us.