Music & Memory



Bethany Riverside is proud to be certified as a Music and Memory™ Program facility

Music & Memory™ is all about bringing joy into the lives of people who are living with dementia. Extensive neuroscience research has shown how our brains respond positively to music, especially in those with dementia. It has been shown that music is linked with personal emotions, and causes individuals with dementia to respond positively, showing enjoyment and renewed concentration. Music can cause memories that we thought to be lost, to resurface. In fact, the part of the brain that responds to music is the last art of the brain that dementia affects. We can use music to reach that part of the brain and reconnect with our loved ones on a level they find enjoyable and fulfilling. One researcher summed up the programís benefits this way:
  • Someone who has been silent or less communicative may begin to talk and be more social.
  • Someone who has been sad and depressed may feel happier.
  • Someone who has been less mobile may become more physically active.
Read our Letter to Families

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Completed Assessment form may be sent to: amcrowde@gundersenhealth.org
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mailed to: April Crowder, Bethany Riverside, 2575 S. 7th Street, La Crosse, WI 54601

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