Its been really beautiful to interact with residents of a nearby nursing home and know even if we can’t cure or reverse their disease we can at least create a positive and supportive environment for them to flourish in.
I get joy from music and it makes me very happy to give others that joy.
I loved having contact with the residents, learning their stories, seeing the recognition in their eyes when they hear their music, seeing the smiles and sometimes the tears. Being able to tell others about the power of this program.
I loved the people I was able to meet, the experiences I had, the opportunities I was presented with and how my experiences were related to my health care interests and accomplishments throughout high school.
I loved seeing the immediate and direct positive impact that music had on the residents. It was great to hear their stories and get music back into their lives.
It’s been the best experience of my life, seeing the change in our residents as they interact with the students and the music.
The key to [Music & Memory’s] success is the use of personalized music. This approach uses identity to optimize the results of the music in a way that a generic music program cannot.
Music & Memory surprised me more than any other program I have participated in.
One resident used to do a lot of calling out during meals. She couldn’t sit through dinner. Now her aides set her up with an iPod a half-hour ahead of time. She’s able to sit and enjoy her meal.
One of the more positive results we’re seeing is a reduction in the need for psychotropic medication. Music soothes the residents to the point where they actually may not need all of the medications that they needed prior to going on [Music & Memory’s] program.