Last updated: October 10. 2013 5:57PM - 890 Views
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POMEROY — The Rocksprings Rehabilitation Center of Meigs County has been selected as one of eight nursing home facilities in the Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8) area of southeast Ohio to participate in a regional music and memory program.

The therapeutic benefits of personalized music are reportedly helping nursing home residents who are struggling from dementia and other chronic cognitive and physical impairment to reconnect with family, friends and caregivers.

AAA8 is taking the lead as the first agency in the state of Ohio to become certified with Music and Memory nursing-home facilitators.

In addition to Rocksprings, other nursing home facilities included in the program are the Arbors at Marietta; Arcadia Acres, Genesis Health Care at New Lexington; Harmar Place, Hickory Creek; Muskingum Valley Nursing; and Woodfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

To support the Music and Memory program, AAA8 is donating to each participating program a re-purposed laptop to support the music library system.

Developed as part of the region’s long-term care ombudsman person-centered care approach, the Music and Memory program uses the proven use of music to help recover memories, stimulate recognition and enhance quality of life. The approach includes the healing power of personalized music playlists to elder-care residents with a wide range of cognitive and physical impairments.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to personalize care than to provide residents with the music they know and love,” said Kim Flanigan, ombudsman program director for the Area Agency on Aging 8.

“As we learned more about the national Music and Memory program, we just knew that we needed to have it in our area,” added Flanigan. “This program is all about bringing joy into the lives of people suffering from a wide range of cognitive and physical impairments.”

Residents can learn more about the program by visiting www.areaagency8.org or accessing AAA8 on Facebook. AAA8 serves Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington counties.

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