Kentfield, CA (February 12, 2015) In recent years, research has shown that music is a proven therapy for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Recently WindChime of Marin, a memory care community specializing in the care of residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, underwent a campaign to bring music to each resident’s ears. With help from a local school, WindChime is pleased that all their residents are on their way days filled with music, delivered using iPods with personalized music playlists.
WindChime partnered with San Domenico school (K-12) located in San Anselmo for an iPod drive. The school often visits residents at WindChime and was excited to take part in collecting iPods for their friends at the community. After a few weeks the school collected an astounding 21 iPods and $540 in cash to buy additional iPods.
“At San Domenico School, we as teachers really try to instill in our students the idea that what they do with their education is just as important as their academic performance,” Rob Shashoua, Spanish teacher at San Domenico School.
The Middle School Service Club has been visiting Wind Chime for three years now. Our visits have always been both educational and rewarding to our students. Students leave Wind Chime with a first-hand understanding of what Alzheimer’s disease is that they could not get from any textbook, and they also see that they can make a real, positive difference in people’s lives.
Adds Shashoua “When we heard about the documentary “Alive Inside” that came out last year, the Service Club wanted to see the film so that we could learn more about Alzheimer’s, and how we could help. Our administration supported us in sponsoring an advanced screening of the film. As we watched Alive Inside, we were amazed to learn about the positive therapeutic effects of music and its power to unleash memories in people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We decided to run an iPod/iTunes drive so that we could give the residents at Wind Chime the gift of music.”
Emotions and musical memory are profoundly linked. Older memories are stored deeply in the brain. While Alzheimer’s damages the ability to recall facts and details, it does not destroy these lasting connections between a favorite song and memory of an important life event, no matter how long ago.
When individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia hear a melody connected with a meaningful memory, they can re-awaken. Many people who have not spoken in years find words and sing lyrics. They may regain the ability to converse and connect to those around them. The key is a personalized playlist.
“As a Music and Memory℠ certified program community, we fully understand the difference that music makes to residents such as ours. We are thrilled to now have all our residents enjoying the music that brings joy to them,” said Bradlee Foerschner, Executive Director of WindChime of Marin.
Some of the more popular songs found on many of the residents iPods include:
• Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
• Stardust by Nat King Cole
• Chattanooga Choo Choo by Glenn Miller
• Dinah by Bing Crosby
• Embraceable You by Nat King Cole
• In the Mood by Glenn Miller
• Big Band music
• Cultural Music (German and French Folk music)
About WindChime of Marin
WindChime of Marin is a memory care community specializing in the care of residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Located in Kentfield, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of care and services for older adults with memory loss. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent living, assisted living, and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information call 415-482-4100 or visit www.windchimeofmarin.com.
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