Musical Notes

Using the
   Power of Music
            & Life Story

ShineOn -Griffin House

If I could Shine On....then the love that I feel inside, I could give to everyone!        ~ Griffin House

Music & Life Story is incorporated into everything we do at Dementia Living Solutions.

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 Reminiscing with Purpose
       to Capture Life Story
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  Collecting and using the memories and moments that are important to the person with dementia is the basis for assisting the individual to regain their sense of self and for maintaining dignity and quality of life as the disease progresses.

WHYa Life Story Document?

Sharing comprehensive Life information in a prepared document with a provider in a memory care community, nursing home, home care provider or hospital becomes a Valuable Tool to enhance quality of care.   

   Some items we include:

  • Basic current information: name, age, where they live now and in the past 

  • Significant relationships with family and friends

  • Childhood times and Working life

  • Significant places and life events

  • Holidays and Cultural info

  • Preferences with their appearance

  • Food likes and dislikes - current & past

  • Routines, triggers and "chill pills"

  • Music/TV preferences

  • Activities they enjoy/don’t enjoy

  • Pets

  • Music preferences

  • Faith or Spiritual beliefs/routines

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Why Music??

Studies conducted at the Mayo Clinic suggest that musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer's disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.   Because music is processed in more areas of the brain than anything else….the memories connected to songs are still there!      MOST important....Music connects us not only to the memories associated with the song, but to WHO we are, to other human beings, to gives back Sense of Self!   

Music has been shown to relieve stress and reduce anxiety depression and agitation. Music is particularly beneficial for people struggling with cognitive decline because it is easier for them to access the memory of a cherished melody than to recall a person’s name or a past event.      

Enhancing quality of life thru musical experiences may include listening, singing, or playing instruments, and musical skills or talents are not required to participate.     Holidays or other religious or cultural traditions are a great way to introduce music to your loved one.   These are experiences that are deeply embedded in our memory and connected to all senses from a young age…like a Soundtrack to our Lives.

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