History of the LeadingAge Oklahoma Music for the Ages Program

MusicMemoryLogo3In 2014, LeadingAge Oklahoma Executive Director Mary Brinkley watched a short video clip of Henry, using the MUSIC & MEMORY program which inspired her to contact the founder, Dan Cohen.  The Alive Inside video shows the magic of personalized music has on a person with dementia.  Henry comes alive: begins to communicate with his family and shares memories previously locked-away as he expresses the joy he is feeling.

Later that year, Dan Cohen presented a keynote address at the LeadingAge Oklahoma annual conference and ignited the audience of over 450 senior care providers resulting in wide-spread interest in the program.

Mary immediately began working to bring MUSIC & MEMORY to Oklahoma.  A contract was initiated to write a grant for Oklahoma nursing homes to implement the MUSIC & MEMORY program.  The grant was written for $353,000.00 for 2000 residents in 100 Oklahoma nursing homes to become certified through MUSIC & MEMORY.  LeadingAge Oklahoma is also offering the program to other senior care providers as well.

Congratulations to Our Phase II Participants!

These nursing homes have completed the Music and Memory certification requirements and are beginning implementation of the program now. We are excited to see the impact of personalized music and share their stories with you! 

Betty Ann Nursing CenterGroveHaskell County Nursing CenterStigler
BingerBingerHillcrest Manor Nursing CenterBlackwell
Chandler Therapy & Living CenterChandlerKings Daughters & SonsDurant
Checotah Nursing and RehabChecotahMaple Lawn Nursing and RehabHydro
Corn Heritage WeatherfordWeatherfordMcMahon Tomlinson Nursing & Rehab. Cntr.Lawton
Eastgate Village Retirement CenterMuskogeeNoble Health Care CenterNoble
Edmond Health Care CenterEdmondParkland Manor Living CenterPauls Valley
El Reno Post-Acute Rehab. Cntr.El RenoPark’s Edge Nursing and Rehab. Cntr.Tulsa
Elk City Nursing & Rehab. Cntr.Elk CityQuinton ManorQuinton
Enid Senior CareEnidRebold ManorOkmulgee
Forrest ManorDeweySaint Simeon’s Episcopal HomeTulsa
Franciscan VillaBroken ArrowShanoan SpringsChickasha
Grace Living Center, NW 10thOklahoma CitySouthPointe Rehab and Care CenterOklahoma City
Grace Living Center, El RenoEl RenoTemple ManorTemple
Grace Living Center, NormanNormanTuscany Village Nursing CenterOklahoma City
Grace Living Centers ChickashaChickashaTuttle Care CenterTuttle
Grace Living Centers ClintonClintonWashita Valley Living CenterPauls Valley
Grand Lake VillaGroveWesthaven NursingStillwater
Gregston Nursing & RehabMarlow  

Congratulations to Our Phase I Participants!

These nursing homes have completed the Music and Memory certification requirements and are beginning implementation of the program now. We are excited to see the impact of personalized music and share their stories with you! 

Autumn Wood Memory CareClaremoreGrace Living Center, WoodwardWoodward
Baptist Village of HugoHugoHeritage Village Nursing CenterHoldenville
Baptist Village of OKCOklahoma CityHill Nursing HomeIdabel
Baptist Village of OwassoOwassoInverness VillageTulsa
Bartlesville Healthcare and RehabBartlesvilleMedicalodgesDewey
Beaver County Nursing HomeBeaverMemorial Heights Nursing HomeIdabel
Burford ManorDavisMemorial Nursing CenterFrederick
Colonial ManorTulsaMiami Nursing CenterMiami
Colonial Park ManorOkemahMontereauTulsa
The CommonsEnidOklahoma Methodist ManorTulsa
Community Health CenterWakitaPonca City Nursing and RehabPonca City
ConcordiaOklahoma CityRuth Wilson Hurley ManorCoalgate
Cordell Christian HomeCordellSenior Suites HealthcareBroken Arrow
Corn Heritage VillageCornShawnee Colonial EstatesShawnee
Dunaway Manor Nursing HomeGuymonSpanish CoveYukon
Edmond Health and RehabEdmondSpiro Nursing HomeSpiro
Epworth VillaOklahoma CitySt. Ann’s HomeOklahoma City
The Fountains at CanterburyOklahoma CitySunset Estates of PurcellPurcell
Grace Living Center, EdmondEdmondTidwell Living CenterWilburton
Grace Living Center University NWTahlequahTulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Care CenterTulsa
Grace Living Center, WildewoodOklahoma CityUniversity VillageTulsa
Grace Living Centers WilshireOklahoma CityVici Nursing HomeVici
  Wewoka Healthcare CenterWewoka

Music for the Ages in the News

Senior News and Living recently highlighted our program. Read more here.

Brown University: [Press release] Personalized music may help nursing home patients with dementia

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry:  “Individualized Music Program is Associated with Improved Outcomes for U.S. Nursing Home Residents with Dementia


Oklahoma Music for the Ages
a MUSIC & MEMORY Program

LeadingAge Oklahoma is proud to offer the powerful benefits of personalized music through a grant from CMS/OSDH for Oklahoma nursing homes to improve quality of life for the elderly.

music-memory1WHAT IS MUSIC & MEMORY?
Grounded in extensive research, Music & Memory helps people living with a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges to find renewed joy in life through musical favorites. Your team is trained to develop personalized playlists, delivered through iPods, a key element in the individual’s plan of care. Music and Memory website.

 Beloved music helps to reduce depression and anxiety and can also moderate pain.
 Musical favorites tap deep memories and can improve quality of life.
 Participants are happier, more social, and receptive to care and family visits.
 It can help reduce reliance on anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, and pain medications.

 Oklahoma nursing homes interested in improving quality of life for those they serve.
 People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
 People with chronic pain.
More information on Eligibility and Participation 

Eligible participating nursing homes will receive a package of services valued over $5200, including:

  • Certification through MUSIC & MEMORYSM with three 90-minute webinars.
  • Support provided by MUSIC & MEMORYSM for one year.
  • LeadingAge Oklahoma monthly webinars and support throughout the program period.
  • 20 iPod Shuffles, headphones, and AC adapters. One external speaker and one splitter.
  • One lap top computer for use solely with this program (separate financial eligibility).
  • One $150 iTunes gift card.
  • One perpetuity license of Alive Inside for in-house use in training staff and families.
  • Free registration for two dementia seminars provided by LeadingAge Oklahoma.


The Healing Powers of Personalized Music

Personalized music has many benefits. Again, and again, care providers report the Music and Memory program is often life-changing for everyone involved.

Two phases will be offered with the first phase starting August 2016 with implementation through June 2018. Informational webinars will be offered for your team to learn more about this wonderful program.


The Impact of Music on One Resident

Detailed Instructions are provided to assist your team during implementation, including:

  • Monthly national and state webinar training
  • Sample documents, press kit, recruitment tools, and iPod donation kit
  • Resource Guides: Starting a Program, iPod Donation Drive, Creating a Personalized Playlist
  • Best practices for program implementation including assessment tools, polices, procedures, and lessons.


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