1. How do we introduce the Music for Memory program to our Senior?
A Music for Memory volunteer will meet with the Senior and their family or friends to explain the program, demonstrate how to use the iPod and headphones, and answer any questions.
2. What if a Senior is unable to operate the iPod?
The Music for Memory program is designed to be used in conjunction with a loved one or caregiver. At the onset of the program, we will provide training on how to use the iPod for those who plan to help the Senior with the music.
3. Does the Senior have to use the headphones?
No. We will be providing headphones ( not earbuds) for the Seniors. Many Seniors will immediately enjoy listening through the headphones and for some of the users, it will take time to acclimate to the headphones. There may also be individuals for whom listening through speakers will be a better choice. In this case, we can replace the headphones with speakers.
4. When can we expect to see results?
There are no guaranteed results. As with any new program, results will vary from person to person. In some cases, the senior may benefit almost immediately with increased feelings of happiness and/or lessened agitation and depression. Over the course of time, lesser declines and possible gradual improvements in cognitive skills may also become apparent.
5. Is this a possible cure for Alzheimers/Dementia?
Unfortunately, there is not a cure at this time. Music for Memory is research based program that attempts to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families living with this difficult disease.