JFS has launched the first Music & Memory program in Utah. It provides personalized music playlists via digital music technology to seniors suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia to engage the mind and enable these individuals to reconnect with the world and those around them through music-triggered memories. It is a partnership with the non-profit Music & Memory, as featured in the documentary film "Alive Inside," the Audience Award winner for best documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. On April 7, 2014 Zions Bank & the Utah Film Center co-hosted a special screening of this documentary followed by a Q&A by Dan Cohen, founding Executive Director of Music & Memory, Inc. at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. View official trailer here.
JFS is currently the only non-profit community organization in the state running the program. JFS's Music & Memory program is unique in that it is one of the handful of instances in the country where this therapeutic approach will be utilized in subjects' homes rather than in a nursing facility, in furtherance of our mission of aiding independent, healthy and safe aging in the home. It can relieve boredom, empower choice, enable memory, and provide avenues for genuine communication with loved ones and caregivers.
Want to help? JFS needs donations of new and used iPods, iTunes gift cards, or your time as a volunteer loading playlists and bringing this music program to patients. For further information please call JFS at 801.746.4334.
See local media coverage of the program and documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in The Park Record here, as well as here, and in the Salt Lake Tribune. Also see Henry's Story from "Alive Inside" on YouTube.