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Music & Memory program at Heartland Country Village helps people with dementia

Program can awaken long-lost memories and reduce agitation


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Music & Memory Project Manager Kelly Anthony poses with resident Kensel Disrud who was the first person at Heartland County Village in Black Earth to be part of the Music & Memory program.

Heartland County Village in Black Earth has received grant funding for the Music & Memory program.

The goal of Music & Memory is to connect nursing home residents and others with their individual histories, giving them back their own music and awakening even long-lost memories, identity, and personhood using inexpensive and readily available technology. The program is for residents battling Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias as well as physical and cognitive challenges.

"Hearing an old song associated with a memory prompts a deep, emotional feeling," explained Heartland Country...

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