In January 2014, a film titled, “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory,” was released.
The documentary was about a social worker named Dan Cohen, who, through his nonprofit organization Music & Memory, advocates for the use of music therapy for dementia patients. He demonstrates music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. There are also interviews with experts, such as renowned neurologists, who attest to the miraculous effects of reducing anxiety or depression.
According to research, the therapeutic benefits of these personalized playlists of music also include helping pain medication work more effectively, stimulating movement and providing comfort and enjoyment.
The powerful film and research findings moved Jerry Kiesling, Director of Adult Day Connection (ADC), to explore how a Music & Memory program could be implemented at their facility. Adult Day Connection is an organization that provides high-quality adult respite care in mid-Missouri.
After receiving a grant from the Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change (MC5) in May 2015, ADC was able to purchase equipment for the program. It was decided that Caroline Anderson, Activity Coordinator for ADC, would lead the Music & Memory program initiative. Sathya Sai International Organization (Columbia) also gave a donation towards the program that went towards the purchase of more music.
MU ADC was among the seven local nonprofit organizations who received a 2015 competitive grant award from the Community Foundation of Central Missouri in mid-December. ADC received $500 in funding and was selected out of about 30 applications. The Foundation works to inspire charitable giving, foster partnerships, and connect donors to the causes they care about most to raise the quality of life in our communities. Their grants help provide a variety of needed and life-enriching services in central Missouri.
Kiesling said the grant money will go towards purchasing iPods and songs for the Music & Memory program. Participants will have music playlists personalized just for them. He anticipates that the program will be fully running by spring 2016.
To make a donation towards the program, contact Caroline Anderson via phone at 573-882-7070. For more information about Adult Day Connection, visit http://adcshp.missouri.edu/.