On Friday, December 4, 2015, the Music and Memory program was implemented at three long-term care facilities in Johnston County. This simple and effective program provides an iPod with a personalized playlist for each person. Favorite music from their past has been proven to help participants come back to life, allowing them to feel like themselves again and socialize with loved ones.
“My grandfather died from Alzheimer’s. When I heard about the Music and Memory, I became passionate about introducing the program to Johnston County,” said Doug McClentic, Rotary Clubs Project Chair.
Liberty Commons in Benson received 40 devices, Gabriel Manor in Clayton received 48 devices and Brian Center in Clayton received 30 devices. Staff at each of the facilities received over four hours of training on how to set-up the program for the patients.
The Cleveland School, Clayton Morning, Clayton Mid-Day and Central Johnston Rotary Clubs raised over $23,000 to fund this project, including a $15,000 grant from The Rotary Foundation, through the District 7710 Grants Committee. With the money left over after installing the three facilities, the clubs plan to implement the program at one more location before the end of January.