Musical Memories

Musical Memories: A Program for People Experiencing Memory Loss and Their Loved Ones

Join Jewish Family Services for a six-part series of music and reminiscence. We will explore a variety of musical genres and tastes, create music playlists for listening at home, and enjoy a variety of performances by local musicians. All participants will be given an MP3 player with music loaded on it. Participants are encouraged to enjoy this MP3 player and the music at home.

Recent groundbreaking research has shown how music has improved the lives of those living with a memory loss disorder. An April 2018 study reports that ‘objective evidence from brain imaging shows personally meaningful music is an alternative route for communicating with patients who have Alzheimer’s disease. An article published in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease demonstrated that familiar music may facilitate attention, reward, and motivation, which in turn makes it more possible to manage emotional distress in Alzheimer’s.

Click here to read more about this exciting research!

Program Details:

  • The program runs on six consecutive months on Mondays from 1:30-3pm
  • Dates are:
    • November 25th
    • December 16th
    • January 27th
    • February 24th
    • March 23rd
    • April 27th
    • (Makeup date in case of inclement weather: May 11th)
  • Participants will be given a complimentary MP3 player for use during the six months.
  • The program will be held at the Levin JCC: 1937 W. Cornwallis Rd. Durham NC 27705.
  • This program is free, with a suggested donation of $3-$20 for the entire series. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Pre-registration for all six sessions by November 18th is REQUIRED. This is not a drop-in program. Please contact Jordana Brown at 919-354-4924 or jbrown@shalomdch.org to register.

This program is made possible in part with funds from the Carolina Foundation for Jewish Seniors and the Jewish Federation of Durham Chapel Hill Innovation Grant.