Walker Methodist & MUSIC &
MEMORY℠ helps Awaken Minds &
Awaken Lives with the Miraculous
Gift of Music
Walker Methodist (Minnesota) – Walker Methodist has teamed up with MUSIC & MEMORY℠ to bring music therapy to their senior living communities and all communities who work with MUSIC & MEMORY℠ nationwide. This program introduces a way to bring music into the lives of people, specifically those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Music therapy has been linked with slowing memory loss, increasing recognition and recollection, and overall enhancing the lifestyle of residents using the program.
5.6 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Where medications have failed, music has succeeded. You can help improve the lives of those affected by this disease and give hope, and peace, through music. It’s not just those with the disease that you will be helping. It’s the families. It’s the workers. It’s their friends. It’s your family. And for everyone who has loved someone who has forgotten who they are. If you love people, love music, or have been affected by this, we are asking for your help.
Walker Methodist has started a campaign to raise funds to support the MUSIC & MEMORY℠ program. Funds raised will go towards providing iPods, headphones, and iTunes custom music libraries to Walker Methodist residents suffering from memory issues. Eventually, Walker Methodist hopes to offer this program to every resident throughout all of their communities, and one day nationwide.
To donate to this campaign, visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/794d59f9. Walker Methodist has set a goal of receiving $85,000 in donations for their implementation of the MUSIC & MEMORY℠ program.
About MUSIC & MEMORY℠
MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of older adults through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. Executive Director Dan Cohen founded MUSIC & MEMORY℠ with a simple idea: Someday, if he ended up in a nursing home, he wanted to be able to listen to his favorite ‘60s music.
Dan discovered that none of the 16,000 nursing homes in the U.S. used iPods for their residents. Drawing on his background in leveraging technology to benefit people who would otherwise have no access, he volunteered at a local nursing home in Greater New York, creating personalized playlists for residents. The program was a hit with residents, staff and families, and became the prototype for a bigger effort.
The MUSIC & MEMORY℠ program trains senior care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.
By providing access and education, and by creating a network of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ certified communities, they aim to make this form of personalized therapeutic music a standard of care throughout the health care industry.
MUSIC & MEMORY℠ has produced a feature length documentary entitled, “Alive Inside” that showcases the effects of music therapy to improve the quality of life for those impacted by the program . The film will be shown in Minneapolis on August 15th at the Edina 4 Theatre. Get more information about the film at www.aliveinside.us.
Walker Methodist specializes in lifestyle, housing and healthcare services for older adults. They own, operate and manage housing communities, provide rehabilitation services, and operate leading sub-acute transitional care centers that help people recover from hospitalizations or surgeries so they can return home.
The mission at Walker Methodist is Life. And all the Living that goes with it. They believe that age should not hold people back from living their life to the fullest, and have created communities that give people freedom to enjoy activities and lifestyles that suit them best.
The addition of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is the next step in creating an environment that fosters fulfillment and joyful living for Walker Methodist residents.
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