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'Music & Memory' program coming to Florence Hand Home

Wed, September 13, 2017

Florence Hand Home is part of a new Music Integration Program for Seniors through the Georgia Health Care Association.

GHCA has partnered with the Music & Memory℠ organization and other key stakeholders to develop the program, which encourages the involvement of family, community and staff to integrate personalized music into resident activities and caregiving. Music & Memory is a national non-profit with a mission to improve the quality of life for the elderly through the use of personalized music and digital technology.

Music & Memory is an innovative approach to dementia care supported by neuroscience research that uses customized playlists on digital music players to enhance the lives of residents in long-term care settings.

Key program components include education to assist caregivers and family members to understand the effects of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia and the potential benefits of personalized music as an integral part of resident’s plan of care; certification in Music & Memory; training, equipment and technical support to implement the Music & Memory  program; and instruments and speakers to integrate music into activities and bathing.

A grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made the program possible for Georgia residents in skilled nursing centers.

You’ll hear and see more about this wonderful program at Florence Hand Home in the coming months. You can learn more by watching the award-winning documentary film, “Alive Inside,” currently available on Netflix, iTunes and home video. The film demonstrates the use of Music & Memory in New York nursing homes. You also can learn more at musicandmemory.org. By scrolling to the bottom of the home page at musicandmemory.org, you’ll see a video of a senior adult named Henry, who suffered from dementia for a decade and barely said a word to anyone—until Music & Memory set up an iPod program at his nursing home.