Music program helps engage residents

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times

The therapeutic power of music is being used at Moonya to bring some added joy to residents’ lives.

Originally made possible through a $750 donation from the Manjimup Rotary Club, the Baptistcare Moonya’s team set up the Music Connection Program last year and were about to purchase six MP3 players, six headphones and CDs.

With guidelines from Baptistcare’s Allied Health and Dementia Initiative consultant Amanda Adams and $60 music gift cards, the program has brightened the days of participating Moonya residents.

Moonya’s lifestyle coordinator Suzette Starling and care partner Joy Robertson have been working with participating residents to provide them with enjoyable music breaks.

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“It’s been a learning experience for those involved in the program,” Ms Starling said.

“Joy played some well-known hymns in the Memory Support Unit with interesting effects.

“Not only did residents enjoy singing along, but the hymns appeared to have a calming effect.”

Ms Starling said it was amazing how much they could engage with residents through music.

“They remember the songs they liked,” she said.

Funding from Alzheimers WA has allowed the program to expand through the purchase of more audio equipment and a range of old time and popular music from over the decades.

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