"Music & Memory Program"
There’s new hope for anyone with a formal diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia living in the Nanton Quality of Life Foundation service delivery area (Town of and surrounding rural of the M.D. of Willow Creek No 26.)
The Music & Memory Program is grounded in extensive neuroscience and is based on how our brains respond to music. The program has been tested and proven in hundreds of long-term care facilities throughout Canada and the United States. The Music & Memory personalized music system has provided therapeutic benefits for thousands of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia.
Music is, of course, a popular recreational activity in many elder care facilities; with good reason. Residents love performances and sing-alongs. Music uplifts the spirit. However, group-based music programs, while meaningful, are time-bound and designed for broad appeal. Selections are age-appropriate, but not necessarily personal. By contrast, research shows that personalized music playlists, delivered using iPods, have the capacity to transform of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia. Musical memory is profoundly linked to emotions. These memories are stored deep in the brain. For example, Alzheimer’s damages the ability to recall facts and details; it does not destroy these lasting connections between a favorite song and memory of an important life event, no matter how long ago. When individuals suffering from dementia, including a melody connected with a meaningful memory, they Many people who have not spoken in years find words and lyrics. They often regain the ability to converse and connect those around them.
Inspired by a screening last fall of the Music & Memory documentary, Alive Inside, dedicated Nanton Quality of Life Foundation Board Member, Eileen Griesdale brought forth the idea. Was it possible to provide the same kind of service to our local community members? Indeed it is! Through generous funding from the Nanton Legion, the Music & Memory program launched May 1, 2015!
The program is available to participants. Participants will be provided at no cost, an iPod Shuffle system filled with their personalized and favorite music.
To see the program in action, we would like you to meet Henry, who suffered from dementia for a decade and barely said a word to anyone—until the Music & Memory Program was brought to him.
For more information on the Music & Memory, please contact the Nanton Quality of Life Foundation office.
"Inter-generational Drum Circle"
In an Inter-generational Drumming Circle, everyone is respected and accepted for who they are, regardless of their differences in age or life circumstances. No matter how big or small a participant’s voice is, the drum circle listens and appreciates them. Everyone participating in the Drumming Circle has something to contribute. Drum Circle participants do not require a musical background or skills. There is no right or wrong way to play, and there is nothing in particular that participants will have to do. There is no set rhythm or beat participants will have to produce, and there is no pressure for them to be anything besides their true self. The Drumming Circle provides a safe environment where participant’s inner voice can be found, expressed, and heard through the inspirational sounds of the drums!
The Inter-generational Drum Circle is held at the Silver Willow Lodge on a semi-monthly and is facilitated by Nanton Quality of Life Foundation staff and volunteers. For more information on the Inter-generational Drum Circle, please call the Nanton Quality of Life Foundation.
“Senior Connect Program”
The Nanton Quality of Life Foundation Senior Connect Program is a voluntary program that helps seniors who might be at risk, to connect to community support services that help them to live safely and independently in their homes. There is no charge for this program. The following situations may indicate that a senior is in need of help and support:
- Mental State – confused, disoriented, memory loss
- Physical – weight loss, difficulty seeing, difficulty hearing, difficulty speaking, difficulty moving, bruises
- Emotional – recent loss of a loved one, anxious, depressed
- Social – isolated, unwilling to engage in conversation
- Appearance – dirty clothes, uncombed hair, unshaven, unpleasant
- Home – needs maintenance or repair, safety concerns, unattended pets
- Economic – confusion about money, cannot afford basics
The Senior Connect Program has a three-step process:
Step One - Referral to NQLF Office:
The Community Program Coordinator takes referrals from a variety of referral sources including but not limited to:
- Seniors themselves,
- Family members,
- Health Care Providers,
- Social Workers…
In order for the referral to be made to the program, the referring individual will have asked and received permission from senior to make a referral to the Nanton Quality of Life Foundation Senior Connect Program. The referring individual will have identified one of the above-listed situations may indicate that the senior is in need of help and support.
Step Two – Intake is Initiated:
Once the senior grants permission for a referral to the Senior Connect Program, the referring agent would call the Community Program Coordinator with the referral. The Community Program Coordinator would then start the program intake process for the referred senior.
Step Three – Access to Support:
The Community Program Coordinator would then contact the senior who has been referred to the Senior Connect Program. The Community Support Worker would complete the intake form with information provided by the referred senior.
As part of the intake process, the Community Program Coordinator determines what community support services the referred senior requires. The initial contact would determine how often subsequent contact would occur. Contact can vary from weekly office visits to monthly phone calls. All contact for this program is provided by the Community Program Coordinator through in office visits at the Nanton Quality of Life Foundation office or by telephone calls to the senior’s place of residence.
“In Home Assistance”
The In Home Assistance programs was developed by the Nanton Quality of Life Foundation, in response to requests for assistance from many of our area seniors who were not able to carry out the heavy work involved with maintaining their homes but were not ready to move into a lodge setting. The support for seniors to remain in their own homes has many positive benefits for the community. Seniors remain more active in community initiatives and their independence boosts their self-esteem.
PLEASE NOTE: THE IN HOME ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!