October 25, 2014

Unity Hospice of Chicagoland Launches Music & Memory Program

Therapeutic benefits of personalized music on iPods are enhancing the lives and memories
of Unity Hospice patients

CHICAGO – Unity Hospice of Chicagoland recently launched Music & Memory, a specialized program aimed at increasing a patient’s overall quality of life through music. This innovative program brings personalized music playlists to patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in an effort to retain memories lost to the disease. Unity Hospice has given appropriate patients an opportunity to tap deep memories and reconnect with the world they once knew.

Grounded in research about how the brain responds to music, Music & Memory is a therapeutic music program that began in 2006 and has since proven to be a life-changing experience for many patients living with Alzheimer’s disease. Unity Hospice employees have recognized benefits including reduced agitation, enhanced engagement and socialization as well as a reduced reliance on certain anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications. Music & Memory also proves beneficial to veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Patients with PTSD are almost twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Significant staff training was provided prior to launching the Music & Memory program in the effort to see more accurate, tangible and, most importantly, beneficial results for the patient.

“Listening to favorite music often triggers feelings and memories of the past,” stated Cynthia Selling, Unity Hospice Volunteer Coordinator. “At Unity Hospice, we strive for the highest quality of life for each and every one of our patients. We feel honored to be a part of this program and are looking forward to its ongoing success for our veterans and Alzheimer’s patients.”

Unity Hospice now offers Music & Memory for patients at each of its locations in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

About Unity Hospice
Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a full-service hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support and education to people facing a life-limiting illness. The hospice offers care of the highest quality by licensed and competent staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make their patients’ final days comfortable, the Unity Hospice team provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond everyday to meet their needs.

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