Music & Memory

Music & Memory helps people living with a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges to find renewed joy in life.

Participants of this program listen to musical favorites compiled into personalized playlists on iPods. Music & Memory is integrated into the individual’s plan of care.

Southington Care Center officially rolled out the program Oct. 17 following a five-month pilot. A grant from the Connecticut Department of Public Health provided the funding for 15 iPod Shuffles, chargers, headphones and an iTunes gift card for the introduction. The intent is to maximize the impact of the program, anticipating benefits including -- but not limited to -- the reduction in the reliance of anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications, reduced agitation and sun downing as well as enhanced engagement and socialization with family, friends, staff and peers.

According to Music & Memory, a not for profit organization, personalized music can make a difference because:

  • Beloved music helps reduce depression and anxiety, and can also moderate pain.
  • Musical favorites tap deep memories and revitalize a connection to the past.
  • Participants are happier, more social and receptive to care and family visits.
  • It reduces reliance on anti-psychotic, anti-depressant and pain medications.
  • It improves the quality of life.

It is effective for those who are:

  • Bed-bound.
  • Have chronic pain or a variety of impairments and disorders.
  • Have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a memory disorder.
  • In hospice care.


Music & Memory Certified Care Organizations