Stonehill College Students Use Music to Help Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Patients

Students from Stonehill College are partnering with innovative programs to help those dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. 16 Stonehill students volunteer at Soundtrack of Life, which is a habilitation program for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Students receive “four hours of training from the medical staff on how to work with patients with diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, which destroy memory and other mental functions.”

Volunteers have the ability to work with patients and staff to create custom playlists for each patient. As patients listen to music for thirty minutes to an hour, students record any behavioral changes they notice. They have found that music has such a positive impact on patients, including a more positive mood and better communication skills. Lisa Redpath, associate professor of music, notes how “we’re giving the patient the opportunity and ability to tap into the brain’s elasticity, through musical memories, to recall things. Which is a gift.”

To read more about Stonehill’s unique partnership, visit Stonehill news.