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Music & Memory Tennessee

The Tennessee Arts Commission—in partnership with the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, Tennessee Health Care Association, Music and Memory, Inc., Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Volunteer Tennessee and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum—will begin offering Music & Memory Tennessee statewide in February 2019 to nursing home residents, including those living with Alzheimer’s or  dementia.

Music & Memory Tennessee is an evidence-based program that uses personalized music to provide benefits to individuals with a range of cognitive and physical challenges in nursing homes and other care settings to significantly improve quality of life.

How Music & Memory Tennessee Works

  • Family members or nursing home staff identify residents (including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s) who could benefit from music as a way of reconnecting to memories that provide a pathway for increased functional activity.
  • Volunteers or staff  “interview” residents or family members to get a sense of the type, era, or genre of music meaningful to the resident and program that music into digital equipment for the resident’s use at any time.
  • The personalized music provides a neural pathway for the resident to reconnect with other people and the world around them, resulting in enhanced communication and reduced stress in everyday activities—a more soothing, calm environment for all.

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Music and Memory Tennessee is a statewide program of the Tennessee Arts Commission, funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Tennessee Department of Health.