The Perry Foundation is launching a new statewide program called the Nevada Music & Memory Initiative that aims to improve the quality of life for over 900 residents living in Nevada’s nursing homes.
The program was inspired by the Sundance Film Festival award winning documentary film, Alive Inside, that explores the healing effects that personalized music can have on individuals, especially those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementia related diseases.
“The benefits of the connection between the brain and music have been known for years,” said Robert Kidd, President of the Perry Foundation. “The goal of the Nevada Music & Memory Initiative is to make life better for Nevada’s aging population and reduce the use of anti-psychotic medications.”
The Music & Memory program was created by Dan Cohen in New York in 2008 to bring individualized music to residents in long term care homes via iPods. His idea was based on a personal desire to be able to enjoy his favorite music of the 1960s if he was ever placed in a nursing home. His goal was to assist residents to access music in an easy, compact, inexpensive way and so far, thousands of nursing homes in the U.S. and around the world are participating.
The Perry Foundation is partnering with Apple and Music & Memory to train nursing facility staff to create and provide personalized playlist on iPods, that enable those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia related diseases to reconnect to the world through memories triggered by the music that has meaning to them. Using music in daily care builds lasting, caring relationships between residents and staff and results in reduced use of medications.
“People with Alzheimer’s and dementia have been especially responsive to music from different times in their lives,” said Kidd. “You can literally see it lift their spirits. It has an immediate and positive effect.”
The Nevada Music & Memory Initiative is being funded by a grant approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is managed through the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
To learn more about the Nevada Music & Memory Initiative and the Perry Foundation, please visit www.PerryFoundationNV.org.
About the Perry Foundation
The Perry Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit in Nevada whose mission is to improve the quality of care for residents living in Nevada’s Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Communities. This has been achieved by providing evidence-based education to the caregivers and health care professionals working within these communities, subsequently awarding thousands of Continuing Educational Units to Licensed Administrators, Licensed Nurses, and Social Workers. For more information, visit www.PerryFoundationNV.org.
Robert Kidd President / CEO
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