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Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not for profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging

Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age.

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Music & Memory

  • Working to Improve Dementia Care and Quality of Life 

Designed to improve the lives of residents in skilled nursing facilities who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders, LeadingAge Washington and the Music & Memory Project will provide personalized music to skilled nursing residents in approximately 45 participating communities during a two year period.

The project incorporates the nationally known Music & Memory℠ program which brings individualized music to residents in long term care homes via Mp3 players. Since 2008, the program has been successfully implemented in thousands of long-term care facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

The Music & Memory℠ Grant is funded through CMS. The project is open to all LeadingAge Washington nursing home providers in Washington state.  We now have forty-one SNF’s certified. Press Release


For more information contact Pat Sylvia at psylvia@LeadingAgeWa.org




 Care Community

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Additional Staff Training – Newly hired staff at certified organizations are eligible to attend the Music & Memory Certification webinar free of charge. Communities may send unlimited new staff/volunteers for training. 

Upcoming dates:
 April 17 and 18: 10:00 – 11:30 am
 May 15 and 16: 10:00 – 11:30 am
 June 12 and 13: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Registration for additional staff takes place in the Care Community website. (link above)  To register, login to the Care Community and click on Training ~> M&M Certification (Send Additional Staff and to order a Community plaque ).  Link  After registering, new staff will be emailed login information and instructions to join the certification webinar.  



Music & Memory Certified Organizations

Organizations that complete the MUSIC & MEMORY® Certification Program are certified as providers of our personalized music program. Our certification ensures families that their loved ones will have access to the transformative, therapeutic benefits of personalized music and marks the organization’s commitment to person-centered care.

We “highly” recommend you watch/share the below video links with your staff/family members:


Leadership – Get the Music & Memory Advantage: Video 

How can your organization get the most out of your Music & Memory program? Success starts at the top, with the full involvement of leadership. We’ve created this course to help busy administrators learn best practices for program rollout. It consists of a 12-minute video (above) and a user-friendly guidebook that explains the five steps for successful implementation. We’ve based this course on research conducted with six of our MUSIC & MEMORY® Certified Care Organizations, to offer you a field-tested, proven method to enhance quality of care while meeting key strategic objectives:

  • Boost quality ratings
  • Strengthen competitive edge
  • Reduce antipsychotic use
  • Improve regulatory compliance
  • Foster teamwork across all departments
  • Improve staff retention and morale
  • Provide high quality, person-centered care
 CNA Introduction to Music & Memory  Video

Music & Memory is most successful when it’s a team effort. Every member of the care team has an important role to play. But nursing assistants are key to the mix, because they spend the most time with residents in a very personal way. Not only do they witness the immediate benefits of personalized music, but also can play an essential role in helping to identify which songs have the most positive impact. In addition, they can observe and report when a resident would most benefit from listening to musical favorites—to help ease transitions, for example, or make dressing or bathing a more soothing activity.

The short video (above) show why—in their own words–nursing assistants and other care team members value the benefits of personalized music for residents at MorseLife, a MUSIC & MEMORY® Certified Care Organization in West Palm Beach, Florida. Topics include:

  • Becoming a Music Detective
  • Storage & Hygiene
  • Enjoying the Music
  • Pass it On



Therapists know the challenges of maximizing clinical outcomes – Music & Memory can help enhance their results with personalized music.

Music & Memory offers an established methodology that, when integrated into therapy, can improve client outcomes for a variety of real life challenges drawn from the field, including:

• Lack of engagement
• Unmanaged behaviors
• Multiple medical complexities
• Extensive pain needs

Gait training for Parkinson’s patient using music.  Video

Benefits of Personalized Music

Musical favorites tap deep emotional recall. That favorite song brings joy, eases pain, reduces stress, and can facilitate social connection. For family members, sharing a loved one’s music can enhance visits and deepen relationships that may have seemed lost, especially to dementia. For staff, personalized music provides an entryway to more meaningful relationships with those in their care — as well as a way to ease transitions, avoid challenging behaviors, and save time.

Again and again, care professionals tell us that our program is often life-changing for everyone involved:

  • At last, here is a way to give pleasure to people with advanced dementia.
  • Personalized music offers an enjoyable, fulfilling activity for those in dialysis, on vent, or bed-bound.
  • Listening to musical favorites increases cooperation and attention, and reduces resistance to care — a real boost for staff morale.
  • Personalized music reduces agitation and sundowning.
  • Beloved music enhances engagement and socialization, fostering a calmer social environment.
  • Music & Memory provides a valuable alternative to psychotropic medications.



Last updated April 7, 2018

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