Based on goal setting accomplished this year with facility administrators, the Spirituality Pillar is developing and piloting new programming to further address specific needs in our facilities.
One of the most promising and versatile programs being piloted by the Spirituality Department in multiple locations is called “Music & Memory”.
MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. Through partnership with chaplains in our facilities, staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, are trained in creating and providing 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.
In an attempt to link this program’s potential with wider interdisciplinary processes, Chaplain Tom Davis at Memphis ran a recent study in an attempt to show that individually selected music could be used as a low cost, non‐drug related therapy for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. This study was able to show that this personalized effective care was able to lead to significant positive results in a variety of areas, particularly in ability and willingness to communicate for residents diagnosed with Vascular Dementia.
The program was designed and evaluated via case study in full partnership with both the Clinical and Social Services Department there at Memphis.
The full details of the case study can be found at http://ltcrevolution.com/pillars/spirituality/resource-center/publications