Established in January 2014, Jewish Family Service's Music & Memory Program is the first of its kind in Utah. It is an innovative and effective tool providing personalized music playlists to seniors suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia to engage the mind and enable these individuals to reconnect with the world and those around them through music-triggered memories. It is a partnership with the non-profit Music & Memory, as featured in the documentary film "Alive Inside," the Audience Award winner for Best U.S. Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. See "Henry's Story" from the documentary here.
JFS's Music & Memory program is unique in that it is one of the very few instances in the country where this therapeutic approach is being utilized in subjects' homes rather than in a nursing facility, in furtherance of our mission of aiding independent, healthy, and safe aging in the home.
Words of gratitude from beneficiaries of our program:
"Thanks for doing this project. My mother is 92 and I put music on for her and she did seem to spark alive... What an amazing insight into previously locked depths! J."
"I had the chance to visit with S. and to try out the iPod. He really seemed to enjoy listening to the music. He was humming and singing along... Thanks so much to you and your staff! I really appreciate it. And love the thought that S. might be comforted and receive some joy from the music - and the memories. R."