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Music and Memory

Connecting to Life, Memories & Each Other

Why Music & Memory?

Music is profoundly linked with personal memories. Even for people living with advanced dementia, music can tap deep emotional recall. Beloved music often calms chaotic brain activity and enables the listener to focus on the present moment and connect with others.
Benefits for Participants
Improve quality of life
Reduce depression, anxiety, and moderate pain
Need for some medications may be reduced
Increase social interaction and receptivity to care
Benefits for Care Partners/Families
Share memories and experience joy
Improve communication with loved one
Regain time lost to dealing with symptoms
Decrease stress
Benefits for Volunteers
Create connections between generations
Develop empathy
Experience satisfaction and a sense of Accomplishment

How Does it Work?

Music & Memory is available to Barron County residents with dementia living in their homes. Participants and their care partners will be matched with trained volunteers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Barron County (BGC). The BGC volunteers act as “music detectives” to identify and download music to create an individualized playlist for the participant. Participants receive an iPod Shuffle and headphones. Participants and their care partners receive training, so they can enjoy their playlist whenever they like in the comfort of home.

FREE to Barron, Rusk and Washburn County Residents

Barron County residents living at home can participate in this program for no charge through a Hometown Health Grant from Mayo Clinic Health System. Call (715) 537-6225 to enroll a person with memory problems.

Visit the links below to find out what's happening at your ADRC!

Becoming Dementia Friendly
Memory Cafes
Memory Screens