Music has the power to bring people alive inside. And a new program at the Kingsway Lodge long-term care residence in St. Marys aims to bring that power to the people who live there.
When music is played through an iPod and headphones, it has greater effect and may act as an “escape” from what is going on around you. Research shows that music is beneficial for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, those who are depressed, even people in pain.
An iPod’s technology allows individualized playlists to be developed for person s with dementia. This helps to enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The goal of the “iPods for Memories” program, newly initiated at Kingsway, is to have every resident enjoy their own music. They’re currently looking for donations of new or used iPods, over-the-ear headphones, the iTunes cards through which songs can be purchased to be played on the devices, as well as monetary donations for the purchase of these items.
“We are prioritizing who is in need of this program,” explained Kingsway’s Laurie Smith, about the introduction of iPods for Memories. “To date, we have iPod shuffles, four sets of over-the-ear headphones, and over 200 purchased songs.”
If you have a donation to make or are looking for more information, contact Smith at 519-284-2921, ext. 230. And if you’d like to find out more about the effect of personalized music on the lives of people with dementia, look for the documentary film entitled “Alive Inside.” An excerpt from it can be viewed on the Youtube video-sharing website, by searching for “Man in nursing home reacts to hearing music from is era.”