music and memory program article, dementia training australia

Since 2010, MUSIC & MEMORY® has certified over 5000 aged and health care services across 11 countries to provide their personalised music playlist program.

The founding mission to help people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias reconnect with the world has since evolved as research and experience  shows that access to personalised musical favourites benefits most people. It is now one of the most adopted, non-pharmacological interventions improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s, depression, behavioural challenges and pain.

Australian Director, Melanie Karajas is helping organisations discover the benefits of the program and supporting those already delivering it to those in their care.

“Nothing has moved me to action like the ‘Henry‘ clip from Alive Inside. His reaction after hearing his favourite music was incredible, like someone switched the lights on after years in the dark. Guiding organisations in Australia to create and sustain successful Music & Memory programs is truly my hearts’ work. The benefit it brings not only to participants, but also staff and families is game-changing. With so much data now proving the impact of personalised music, we can no longer ask the question ‘does this work?’. The question is now ‘when are we putting it in place?’ I’d love to help navigate that.”

Australian organisations will now have access to a substantially increased array of training, resources and support options via the online Care Community:

  • On-demand program, specialist and leadership training webinars.
  • Implementation guides, assessment tools and promotional materials.
  • International forums facilitating discussions for thousands of Music & Memory caregivers.
  • Alerts on most recent Music & Memory research

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