E. Dene Moore Care Center receives Certification as Music and Memory Provider

November 13, 2017, Rifle Colo.: The brain music connection…We all know from hearing a song associated with a first love or leaving home for good, music is profoundly linked to personal memories. In fact, our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory.
For persons with severe dementia, music can tap deep emotional recall. For individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, memory for things—names, places, facts—is compromised, but memories from our teenage years can be well-preserved. Favorite music or songs associated with important personal events can trigger memory of lyrics and the experience connected to the music. Beloved music often calms chaotic brain activity and enables the listener to focus on the present moment and regain a connection to others. Research shows persons with dementia, Parkinson’s and other diseases that damage brain chemistry also reconnect to the world and gain improved quality of life from listening to personal music favorites.
MUSIC & MEMORY℠ works with a team of caring professionals at E Dene Moore Care Center, from aides to nurses, along with family members, to create a powerful personalized music program for each person who chooses to participate. Through trainings and other services tailored to the needs of EDMCC, Music and Memory provides detailed direction and support for how to make this program most effective. Music enables the listener to reconnect, regain social skills and live more fully.
The Therapeutic Benefits of Personalized Music
• It’s a way to give pleasure to persons with advanced dementia
• Music offers an enjoyable, fulfilling activity for persons in dialysis, on vent or bed-bound
• Increases cooperation and attention, reduces resistance to care—a real boost for staff morale
• Reduces agitation
• Enhances engagement and socialization, fostering a calmer social environment
• Provides a valuable tool for the effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic medications
Adopting the Music & Memory program allows long-term care organizations to meet federally-mandated CMS guidelines. These guidelines promote the development of person centered activities that identify and honor individual needs and keep each individual at the center of the care planning and decision-making process.
“We are more than excited to be certified and doing such an amazing thing for such an amazing place and people here at E Denen Moore Care Center!” says Brooke Buster in Activities. If anyone has any old CD’s, Gently used IPod’s, or other ways you’d like to help or donate please feel free to contact Brooke Buster at EDMCC at 625-1514 or Email at [email protected] Thank you in advance for your Support!