September 21, 2016
SSU students in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program are participating.
Shawnee State University students enrolled in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program are participating with the Area Agency of Aging District 7 (AAA7) Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman Program to support the Ohio Department of Aging’s initiative Music & Memory program at River Bend House in Wheelersburg, Ohio.
During the semester, the MOT students will assist in creating personalized playlists and assessing participant and family members’ responses to the program.
The Music & Memory program is an innovative approach to dementia care pioneered by Dan Cohen and supported by neuroscience research. The program is an example of person-centered care where individuals listen to their favorite music that enable those struggling with dementia to reconnect with the world through memories triggered by their music. Nursing home staff, elder care professionals and family caregivers are trained to assist in creating personalized playlists. The human brain is hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory, and this program helps not only patients with dementia, but also those suffering Parkinson’s disease and other diseases that damage brain chemistry, to reconnect the world and gain an improved quality of life from listening to their personal music favorites.
SSU MOT students first participated in the program during the 2016 Spring Semester at Hill View Life Plan Community. The 27 SSU students contributed over 500 hours assisting in five area organizations to implement the Music & MemorySM program.
For more information about the Music & Memory program, go to https://aging.ohio.gov/services/music-memory/.