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AdamsPlace introduces unique music program for dementia patients

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AdamsPlace has introduced a unique new program that incorporates music to help patients confronting memory issues.

Called Music & Memory, the program was launched earlier this year to marshal the proven power of music to capture and hold memories and use it in the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. AdamsPlace is one of the few Music & Memory certified centers in Middle Tennessee.

First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro donated 20 iPods, a large library of music and iTunes gift cards to AdamsPlace to help launch the program. 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.

Buckley Winfree, administrator of AdamsPlace, said that the center is always looking for ways to enhance care for all of its patients.

“Music & Memory struck a chord with us, musically and philosophically,” he stated. “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.”

Hundreds of studies have documented the positive impact of individualized music on depression, anxiety, agitation, pain, and insomnia. Dr. Oliver Sacks’ recent book, Musicophilia, affirms that “music can animate people with Parkinson’s disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke residents who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer’s or amnesia.”

Winfree said that AdamsPlace is accepting donations of iPods at any of its three entrances and plans to conduct an iPod drive to help many more individuals recapture their spirit through music.

AdamsPlace opened in 1997 to meet the varied needs of the area’s senior population. Affiliated with National HealthCare Corporation, AdamsPlace offers retirement living, assisted living, extended medical care and physical rehabilitation services. More information is available at www.adamsplace.org.

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