Dementia: The Power of Music

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Millions of aging Americans living in long-term care facilities face cognitive and physical difficulties and have left behind their familiar surroundings, familiar faces, and even their favorite music. Despite the best efforts of loved ones, their lives often lack meaning, spontaneity, choice, and reliable social interaction.

But there’s reason to hope for a better life as we age. At MUSIC & MEMORY®, we help people in nursing homes and other care organizations who suffer from a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges to find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.


Personalized music can re-awaken individuals with dementia by tapping into positive cognitive, linguistic, emotional, and physical memories.  This session will provide details regarding research supported benefits for both the individual and caregiver(s).  A review of MUSIC & MEMORY® and information on the N.Y. State EDGE Project website will be provided which will include: examples, procedures, challenges, and resources.  Although MUSIC & MEMORY® can be a tool used by music therapists, this discussion will not be focused on any aspects regarding music therapy.


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