The Healing Power of Music
Imagine being trapped inside your own body, your connections to your memories and people you hold dear muddled and confused. For many Ohioans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, this is their world. But what if something as simple as a song could change that? Consider the story of Henry:
How it works
Music & MemorySM is an innovative approach to dementia care pioneered by Dan Cohen and supported by neuroscience research. The program is an example of the type of person-centered care that Ohio is embracing. The Ohio Department of Aging is excited to bring this program to our state.
Through Music & MemorySM, individuals listen to their favorite music through the popular iPod digital music player. Music & MemorySM trains nursing home staff, other elder care professionals and family caregivers how to create and provide personalized playlists that enable those struggling with dementia to reconnect with the world through memories triggered by the music they love. The process builds lasting, caring relationships and improves the care experience for all involved.
Our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory. People with dementia, Parkinson's disease and other diseases that damage brain chemistry can reconnect to the world and gain improved quality of life from listening to personal music favorites.
Learn more about Music & MemorySM.
Music & MemorySM in the news
Columbus Dispatch: Music helps ease dementia’s grip