For the past few months I have been volunteering at the Glebe Community Centre with the Music & Memory program. If you're unfamiliar with the program, I urge you to watch the video included below.
MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.
We train nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.
By providing access and education, and by creating a network of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Certified elder care facilities, we aim to make this form of personalized therapeutic music a standard of care throughout the health care industry.
We are truly lucky to have this program in Ottawa and I have seen, first hand, it's effect on residents. People who won't speak and barely acknowledge their external surroundings start smiling, bopping along and some even sing! This is a great program and I'm personally reaching out to A) make you aware, and B) solicit donations.
At the moment, I've been tasked with finding music from the following artists. If you have CDs or would like to donate some iTunes gift cards to the cause, please be in touch! CONTACT ME.
Gypsy (Broadway musical)
Sammy Davis Jr.
Doobie Brothers – (song:music is the doctor)
Chris de Burghs – (song: lady in red)