A! Magazine for the Arts

Tennessee nursing homes win grants for music therapy

August 10, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Health Care Education Foundation has awarded grants to seven nursing homes across the state to implement the Music and Memory Certification Program.

Music and Memory trains caregivers to use music as a way to engage residents with Alzheimer's, dementia and other cognitive impairments. In addition to stimulating memory and reducing agitation, providing personalized music also provides entertainment and enjoyment for residents.

The seven Tennessee facilities receiving THCEF grants for this training are:

> * Agape Nursing and Rehabilitation, Johnson City;
> * Oneida Nursing & Rehab Center, Oneida;
> * The Heritage Center, Morristown;
> * Soddy Daisy Healthcare Center, Soddy Daisy;
> * Northside Health Care Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Murfreesboro;
> * Maplewood Health Care, Jackson;
> * The King's Daughters & Sons Home, Bartlett.

THCEF is a nonprofit organization supported by members of the Tennessee Health Care Association/Tennessee Center for Assisted Living that has been providing scholarships to Tennessee's nursing home employees since 1979. THCA/TNCAL is a nonprofit organization representing long-term care facilities located throughout the state.

For more information on Music and Memory, visit www.musicandmemory.org.