Dan Cohen, MSW, is the founding Executive Director of Music & Memory. He combines an extensive background in high tech training, corporate sales and software applications with social work, specializing in vocational rehabilitation and community service organizing. A former Consultant/Trainer for the U.S. Department of Education, he helped colleges, universities and communities nationwide to apply best practices in community service learning programs.
No one wants to end up alone and isolated in a nursing home. It’s hard enough to lose someone you love to Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. It’s terrifying to think you could end up there yourself, someday.
But there’s reason to hope for a better life as we age. At Music & Memory, we help elders in care facilities suffering from a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.
Beloved Music Can Renew Lives Lost to Dementia. Our approach is simple, elegant and effective: We train elder care professionals how to set up personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for those in their care. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring residents and clients back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.
Music & Memory’s work is rooted in extensive neuroscience research. The results can be nothing short of miraculous.
The Therapeutic Benefits of Personalized Music
Henry’s remarkable re-awakening is not unique. In more than 140 Certified Music & Memory Care Facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, we’ve helped thousands of residents struggling from dementia and other chronic cognitive and physical impairments reconnect with family, friends and caregivers through our personalized digital music program.
Our ongoing research and evaluation of Music & Memory’s work in elder care facilities shows consistent results:
Residents are happier and more social.
Relationships among staff, residents and family deepen.
Everyone benefits from a calmer, more supportive social environment.
Staff regain valuable time previously lost to behavior management issues.
There is growing evidence that a personalized music program gives professionals one more tool in their effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic medications.