The Wisconsin Music & Memory Initiative is a Department of Health
Services (DHS) program to support 100 Wisconsin nursing homes bring
enjoyment to their residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and
find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of
personalized music. Wisconsin has 397 nursing homes serving
approximately 29,000 people. Almost 16,000 or 55% of their residents
have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.
Overview: The Music & Memory Initiative will fully fund 100
nursing homes to become certified as a Music & Memory facility and
provide the equipment needed for 15 residents with dementia to
experience personalized music. Nursing home staff will be invited to
attend three (3) 90 minute training sessions provided by Dan Cohen,
founder of Music & Memory
(exit DHS), to explain how the program works and
how families and staff can create personalized playlists for their
residents. DHS will host regular support sessions for nursing homes
participating in the program to discuss successes and problem solve
challenges. Nursing homes will also participate in a research study to
measure the effectiveness of the program for future planning.
What we expect to gain for the residents and staff of Wisconsin
- Reduced reliance on anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications
- Reduced agitation and sun-downing
- Enhanced engagement and socialization, fostering a calmer social
- Provide a way to give pleasure to persons with dementia
- Increased cooperation and attention, reduces resistance to
care—a real boost for staff morale
- Increased fulfilling engagement with residents with dementia by
staff, family, friends and community
- DHS Received 233 applications for the Wisconsin Music & Memory Initiative.
100 Nursing Homes were selected from across the
FOCUS 2013 Special Session: Exclusive screening of the film, "Alive Inside"
which depicts the power personalized music has to unlock memories in people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.
Spend just 6 minutes getting to know Henry and see the effect the
Wisconsin Music & Memory Initiative can have on the lives of your
residents and staff!!!
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Last Revised: October 14, 2013