Meet the residents who are benefiting from the Music &
||Warren is a resident at Columbia Health Care Center.
Upon admission, Warren shared his memories of dancing with his wife
at local dance halls. Before personalized music, he was seen
expressionless, with his eyes shut, and slumped over. Now his
beautiful eyes are open and his personality has surfaced. He sings
most of the time now, even without his music.
Warren hadn't been on an outing in over two years before the
addition of the personalized music. He attended the Dual County Band
Concert this past summer, tapping his feet and singing along.
"My dad was lost without music. Now he laughs, engages in our
conversation again, and even recognizes us when we visit." - Sharon, Warren's daughter
|Margaret is a resident at Northern
Lights Health Care Center.
Margaret's days were often
spent relaxing and eating in her room alone. During her Activity
Interview, she only expressed that she had a passion for music.
Andrea Bocelli has stolen her heart! When he begins to sing
in Italian, her world stops as her eyes shut, her head and
body move to the music. She has gone from spending time alone in her room,
to visiting and being a social butterfly during each meal.
"Music makes me feel dreamy, you know, nice. It sends me,
it's like I'm gone with the music." - Margaret
Elsie is a resident at
Columbia Health Care Center.
Elsie and her husband
would spend their weekends dancing at local
dance halls, enjoying music. She has spent a good portion of
the last couple of years with her eyes closed, rarely speaking. Since
being introduced to personalized music, Elsie spends more time with her
eyes open, with good eye contact, more tuned into her
environment. While listening to her music, she taps her foot, claps her hands, smiles, laughs, and sometimes talks in sentences.
Elsie is once again
participating in active range of motion groups, she holds her own church
bulletin, and is
more interactive with live music programs.
"You should see her tapping her toes and reaching her arms around to
make a clap. Why we keep doing what we do." - Jeanne, Director of
out your own thoughts, feelings, and memories. The familiar music opens
a gateway, allowing Elsie to communicate and interact again." -
Stephanie, ATA, CNA.
Ken is a resident at LindenGrove.
When Ken was younger, he and his wife were very involved in
church; they both loved music. Listening to hymns and Christian
music takes him back to his involvement with church, while the
music from the 60's takes him back to his teenage days.
Since being introduced to the personalized music, Ken has
become more relaxed. He has a calmer, happier presence. The
positive impact music has had on Ken's daily life, has brought
excitement to his family and the staff members at LindenGrove.
"He can connect so little in other ways that the music is a
way for him to cling onto what makes him happy." - Ken's wife
Rosario is a resident at Manitowoc Health & Rehab Center.
Music has always been and continues to be very important to
Rosario. She always has music playing while she did her
housework at gardening. Rosario and her daughter would dance
Since the program has been introduced, Rosario's episodes of
anxiety and restlessness have decreased, especially in the
afternoon hours. Her personalized music is in Spanish and very
often she dances and sings along.
"When watching Rosario with her music, she has a huge smile
on her face, and claps and sings along. She is so happy with her
music." - Maureen, Manitowoc Health & Rehab Center staff member.
Corrinne is a resident at Northern Lights Health Care
For years, Corrinne (pictured with her husband Paul)
sang for church services, funerals, and weddings. Paul never
heard Corrinne sing, it was something she never did while he was
around. Corrinne now sings along with all of the songs on her
personalized play list, all of which she selected.
Staff at Northern Lights Health Care Center have seen an
increase in her appetite, smiles, and a decrease in sun-downing
behaviors in the evenings.
"I firmly believe this is the best program ever, to entertain
and occupy the minds of our loved ones that are confined to
wheel chairs and beds, unable to get around and interact with
friends and family as they once were able. Music has the ability
to stimulate our whole being. Music is 'food for the Soul',
without it the world would be a sad place indeed!" - Paul,
Last Revised: November 03, 2014