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AdamsPlace music program assists memory

Posted 06/19/2014

The Daily News Journal reports on how NHC’s AdamsPlace is using music to help residents who have memory problems.

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AdamsPlace recently launched the Music & Memory program that provides preloaded iPods to patients with memory issues, said Buckley Winfree, administrator of AdamsPlace. “Music & Memory struck a chord with us, musically and philosophically,” he said. “These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia. The music can create moments of time in a patient’s day when they become more actively engaged with our staff, their neighbors and their families.”

The program was made possible by a donation from First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, which donated 20 iPods, a large library of music and iTunes gift cards to AdamsPlace to help launch the program. The staff also uses an iPad and laptop. Working with Music & Memory trainers, AdamsPlace’s Director of Recreation Kelly Whitworth, along with her staff and many of the church volunteers received training on how to set up personalized music playlists, sync them to iPods and use them therapeutically for those in their care.

AdamsPlace is the only care center in Murfreesboro offering a certified Music & Memory program for dementia patients. You can learn more about it at AdamsPlace.org.

You can download the Daily News Journal story here.



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