Posted on Dec 07, 2017

On November 20, 2017, the Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club presented representatives from Kane Hospital in Scott Township with a check for $1600.  The check was used to fund the Memory and Music Program.  The program provides MP3 players and individual headphones to allow patients to listen to customized music playlists.  

The program was founded by Executive Director Dan Cohen.  In April 2012, a documentary about  Music and Memory, Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, was previewed at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. A video clip of Henry, one of the residents reawakened by listening to his Cab Calloway favorites, went viral, now with more than 11 million views, boosting awareness and enthusiastic interest in our program.


The Therapeutic Benefits of Personalized Music

Henry’s remarkable re-awakening is not unique. In hundreds of MUSIC & MEMORY® Certified Care Organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada, we’ve helped thousands of individuals struggling from dementia and other chronic cognitive and physical impairments reconnect with family, friends and caregivers through our personalized digital music program.

Our ongoing research and evaluation of Music & Memory’s work in care organizations shows consistent results:

  • Participants are happier and more social.

  • Relationships among staff, participants and family deepen.

  • Everyone benefits from a calmer, more supportive social environment.

  • Staff regain valuable time previously lost to behavior management issues.

  • There is growing evidence that a personalized music program gives professionals one more tool in their effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic medications.