Music for Dementia


Music for Dementia aims to help nursing home residents suffering from dementia cope with memory loss and find more joy in every day through a personalized music program. Familiar music helps them be more present and connected to their environment, so the program focuses on each individual by providing live performances and personalized playlists on digital devices. The club relies on volunteers to inquire on residents' musical preferences and perform songs they would enjoy. All instruments and levels of expertise are welcome, even vocalists who cannot play an instrument, and there is no obligation to perform. Music for Dementia is a venue for volunteers to meet, form musical groups, and perform in front of an audience. The club is based at Brookdale Senior Living, a nursing home in Ann Arbor, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, it has transitioned to an online format for the 2020/2021 academic year and until it will be safe for both residents and volunteers to return to in-person interaction.

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