Music and Memory Gives the Gift of Music

Nick Viti“We experience a deeper connection to events in our lives that we associate with music,” says Nick Viti, OTR/L, Manager of Life Enrichment at The Cedars. “Certain songs conjure up very rich and specific memories. For anyone experiencing memory loss, music is a powerful tool.”

Thanks to a generous new grant from the nonprofit group Music and MemorySM, The Cedars has exciting new ways to use the power of music to help residents preserve and protect their memory, calm or uplift their emotions and enrich their lives.

The Cedars received the entire Music and MemorySM  program, an assortment of iPod shuffles, headphones and music downloads as part of the grant. Staff are working with families and loved ones to craft customized playlists for each resident, and to choose music connected with events in each resident’s life story.

“Do you ever turn up the radio on your way to work when you need extra energy, or drift off to sleep listening to something soothing?” Nick asks. “We all know how powerful music can be to help us regulate our emotions and get through our day. It’s so exciting to be able to give residents back the gift of music.”

We continue to develop new ways to integrate digital music into the lives of our seniors, and initial results from this program have been overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to sharing the greatest hits from Music and MemorySM in future issues!


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2 Responses to Music and Memory Gives the Gift of Music

  1. Fran Seeley says:

    Good afternoon,
    I’m mentoring a high school young lady in a community service project. As an accomplished violinist, she’s chosen to perform at nursing homes in the greater Portland area. Would you be interested in having her perform at Cedars? She has a number of potential performance dates for afternoons in April and May. Let me know if this would work for you and Sara will be in touch with you with further details.
    Thank you so much.
    Fran Seeley

    • Katharine says:

      Thank you Fran – I’m sure our residents would very much enjoy your student’s violin music. I am forwarding your information to our Life Enrichment managers who will then get in touch with you.
      Again, thank you for your interest in The Cedars.
      Katharine O’Neill
      Director of Housing and Communications

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