Music and Memory program shows promise in helping dementia patients – The Blade

Virginia Hieskell leaned back in her wheelchair at ProMedica Goerlich Center on the Flower Hospital campus, closed her eyes, and tapped her feet to Christmas music flowing through earphones on an iPod Shuffle. Before the 81-year-old was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s roughly 10 years ago, her daughter, Debra Swanson, said her mother loved Christmas, even leaving decorations up year-round. “It’s always made her happy,” Ms. Swanson said. About 30 miles away, Bowling Green Manor resident Donnagene Shrider opened her eyes as she listened to Elvis sing Christmas songs through another iPod Shuffle. “Earlier I pulled the earphones off and asked, ‘How do you like the music?’ and she said, ‘Wonderful,’ ” said Donnagene’s daughter, Nancy. “Normally she’s confused and you don’t know what’s going to

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