The Therapy for Memory Program was developed by a team of healthcare providers (M.D., Ph.D, R.N.) and professional musicians as an at home or on-the-go music activity and educational program to stimulate the mind and exercise memory. It is meant to provide meaningful activities to patients with Alzheimer's and other memory complaints, as well as individuals across a variety of levels including normal thinking and memory skills, Age-Related Memory Loss, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), mild, moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease, vascular cognitive impairment, vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease, and senile dementia.
Volume 1 is for new listeners and provides a general introduction, including a home activity program, music history lesson/overview, and ambient music to be listened to during sleep to help first stimulate (Tracks 1-8) and then relax (Tracks 9-11) the mind.
Tracks are divided into categories based on difficulty. While each individual is different, the easy tracks are well suited across several stages of memory loss (e.g., Mild, Moderate, Severe). The medium and hard tracks are well suited for individuals with mild to moderate stages of memory loss, age-related memory loss, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or as an activity and educational program for individuals without memory impairments.
The Therapy For Memory CDs feature a variety of tools - including beat-finding and shaker rhythm exercises - meant to provide meaningful activities to patients with Alzheimer's and other memory complaints. The CDs have been developed by a team of healthcare providers (Neurologist, Clinical Psychologist, Registered Nurse) and professional musicians as an at home or on-the-go music activity and educational program to stimulate the mind and exercise memory.
CDs can be listened to on a daily basis or multiple times a day, and there will soon be several volumes to choose from. Volume 1 is for new listeners and provides a general introduction, including a home activity program, music history lesson/overview, and ambient music to be listened to during sleep to help stimulate the mind.
The Ambient CD has been created to enhance the formation of memories during sleep, also known as "memory consolidation". Scientific studies, like this article published in the journal Science, and reported in Time magazine have shown that listening to specific sounds during sleep may help you remember them in the daytime. The Ambient CD has been created to incorporate this evidence, and is formatted according to the 5 stages of sleep. (read more...)
If you are a Healthcare Provider, feel free to share this program by distributing this flyer.
Frequently asked questions:
What does the CD contain?
Each CD includes a variety of mind-stimulating and memory-improving activities as well as an introduction to the program.
What types of therapy and activity programs do the CDs cover?
The CDs include a variety of activities such as music history, beat-finding and shaker rhythm exercises as well conducting activities in different patterns. The aim is to make the listener a part of the band (and, in the process, to have some fun). Each CD also contains music to be listened to while sleeping, as the latest research has shown that memory can be stimulated by listening to music containing familiar sounds while asleep.
What do you mean by beat-finding?
Beat-finding exercises require listeners to either clap their hands, tap their fingers on their knee or stomp their feet in time to the beat. Most songs have a steady beat or a pulse that continues throughout. Finding this beat and following it rhythmically will help listeners to concentrate -- which will in turn challenge their brains. We recommend repeating this exercise because listeners will be better able to find the beat of music that's familiar.
What do you mean by shaker rhythm exercises?
Shaker rhythm exercises require listeners to participate with the music by using a shaker or other homemade instrument to follow the beat. You can purchase a shaker here or simply use a box of Tic-Tac's or plastic cup filled with coins.
Aside from exercises and activities, is there music to listen to on the CD?
The end of each CD features an additional 20-30 minutes of a variety of music that's meant to be played in the background of daily routines or before bed. A variety of scientific studies have shown that listening to this type of music -- even in the background -- has a substantial impact on thinking skills in those who have experienced changes in memory.