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The Holly Springs Rotary Club and Apex Sunrise Rotary Club implemented Music & Memory Program.
Music is making a big impact in the life of Beverly Norenton, seated, and others with memory impairment, through the Music & Memory program.
The program provides a personalized playlist to patients with Alzheimer’s or other memory impairment, through an iPod shuffle and headphones, tapping into their memories and helping them regain their social connections.
The costs of the program, including annual site certifications, the iPods and music, are covered through fundraising by the two Rotary clubs, and a Rotary district grant. Christina Henderson, life enrichment director at Waltonwood, says Music & Memory helps calm Alzheimer’s patients and improves their cooperation with care staff. Other sites that have implemented Music & Memory through the local Rotary clubs are; Windsor Point in Fuquay-Varina, Spring Arbor in Apex, Sunrise of Cary, and Val’s Place in Raleigh. Our goal is to make sure their programs are well established before adding more facilities.