Music to Remember

Music to Remember is a 501c3 not-for-profit company created to utilize the power of music to enrich the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Songs selected which are meaningful to a person’s past history can help to create a powerful emotional response which can help improve the quality of life for those suffering from a mental disability.

In advanced stages of dementia, when almost everything has been forgotten, musical memories often remain as one of the last coherent connections an individual has to his/her surroundings. Listening to familiar music provides meaningful stimulation for the person and can often facilitate connections between the person and their caregiver(s). Our program provides caregivers with chargers, speakers/headphones and MP3 players filled with relevant music and simple instructions.

While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, study after study have shown the benefits of music therapy to both the senior AND their caregiver. Music has been shown to help relieve irritability and anxiety in dementia patients http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8715781 and http://journals.lww.com/hnpjournal/Abstract/2005/11000/The_Therapeutic_Use_of_Music_on_Agitated_Behavior.5.aspx as well as help patients improve, retain and form new memories http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2012/10/Music-Memory-Alzheimers-Patient.html Additionally, music provides a meaningful activity to help make each day more pleasant for both the caregiver and the patient.

Our devices are provided free to qualifying caregivers/families of seniors with a qualifying diagnosis of dementia.

After finding out the age and musical preferences of the client, we download a custom playlist to an MP3 player. We do our best to make sure that each playlist is meaningful and relevant to each person. After the device is programmed, our volunteers meet with the caregivers to instruct them on the use of the MP3 player. Participants are encouraged to use the device as long as necessary to provide comfort to the patient. They are provided with instructions on how to return the item when it is no longer being used by the assignee.

This program is currently only available in Southern New Jersey. If you know someone who can benefit from this, please contact us.