The Rotary Clubs of Woy Woy and Umina Beach have presented 50 “memory player” headsets for residents in dementia units at a local aged care home.
Peninsula Villages chief executive Shane Neaves said the headsets, presented at a dinner on Tuesday, September 22, were a powerful way to improve quality of life for the residents.
He said research showed that playing music that had a connection for people with dementia, such as a piece of music from their wedding or a song they used to sing to their children, could tap into powerful memories and emotions.
Benefits could include improved mood and social interaction, reduced isolation and increased ease in movement, he said.
“Stories have been shared about the use of these headsets being able to change somebody’s mood and reduce the need for anti-psychotic drugs.
“It’s wonderful to think we are able to lessen any distress our residents might feel through this simple action,” Mr Neaves added.
The therapy program will see the memory card in each headset loaded with personalised songs chosen by the resident or their family.
The delivery of the headsets coincided with Dementia Action Week from September 21 to 27.
Media release, 24 Sep 2020
Shane Neaves, Peninsula Villages