I’m happy to present this campaign, “Shuffle for Henry”. Below it’s detailed as to what it’s all about and what we can do to help. I’d like to say this type of service of helping others through music resonates with me profoundly. I believe music has so many unconscious roots in us and that by unlocking these areas deep within us all, we benefit. Music is magic. I can get deep into why it is here on a metaphysical level, but the proof of the magic is right here in the open. Music moves us. Music makes us feel. Why do we tap our feet when we hear a rhythm of a certain type? Why do we get sad or happy from a certain song? Why does one song affect one but not another? All these questions point to music being more than us. The organization below is proving it everyday. They’ve only begun to scratch the surface of penetration into these care facilities. I’m going head long into helping this cause. This is the “why” of my love for music. This is “why” I’ve followed ways to deliver music to humans.
“Shuffle for Henry” is easy.
Dan Cohen’s program, Music & Memory℠ utilizes Apple iPod Shuffles. In my opinon they were one of the most short sighted iPods made. No display, small capacity, very one dimensional…until NOW! They are perfect for this nurse aided project. Music & Memory℠ need the under-utilized Shuffles of the world hiding in the drawers of millions. (Other iPod versions are also ok to donate. The Shuffle is the most simple for a semi-self sufficient patient and caregivers. Apple products are the only players supported for the fact of simplicity and ease of deployment.)
If you want to do more like volunteer for a Shuffle drive or donate your time or money, all are welcomed and detailed on their site: https://musicandmemory.org
Courtesy of Music & Memory:
Help Spread the Music
and Give New Life to Someone You Love
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.
Meet Henry, who suffered from dementia for a decade and barely said a word to anyone—until Music & Memory set up an iPod program at his nursing home:
The Therapeutic Benefits of Personalized Music
Henry’s remarkable re-awakening is not unique. In hundreds of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Certified 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.
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.
Help Us Reach More People Like Henry
Our goal is to make this miraculous form of personalized therapeutic music the gold standard in elder care facilities throughout the U.S. and beyond—and train family caregivers to bring personalized digital music to their loved ones at home.
There are millions like Henry struggling to escape the isolation of dementia. Please help them feel alive again through MUSIC & MEMORY℠.