Local Senior Living Organization's Music Program Honored by Montana Health Care Association
Kalispell, Mont. – Prestige Assisted Living at Kalispell, a senior living and memory care community, is proud to announce that it received an honorable mention for the Enrichment of Life Award from the Montana Health Care Association for its innovative Expressions memory care music program. The Expressions music program was honored for using the power of music to soothe agitation, uplift spirits and alleviate communication barriers for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Prestige’s Expressions memory care program implemented the use of personalized music devices more than a year ago as an additional resource to enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia. The Expressions staff works with residents and their families to create the perfect playlist, which includes favorite songs, artists, composers and music genres from across different eras of a resident’s life.
Research shows that music awakens the brain and has a profound impact on a person’s reflexes and recollections, and scientists have found that the entire brain is stimulated when exposed to music, particularly the areas that correspond to pleasure, movement and memory.
“The use of personalized music devices plays a very important role when it comes to seniors’ well-being, especially for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” said Patty Cordell, executive director at Prestige Assisted Living at Kalispell. “In addition to the joy on their face when they sing to their favorite song, we have seen the music reduce anxiety, improve communication and eating habits, and contribute to better overall alertness for many within theExpressions program. We are honored to receive this recognition from the Montana Health Care Association.”
The Expressions memory care program at Prestige Assisted Living at Kalispell continually creates unique opportunities that provide each resident with an individualized experience by integrating one’s life story to create activities, programs and events that are uniquely meaningful to each person. The program has earned previous recognition with the 2012 Innovators Award from the International Council on Active Aging.
For more information on Expressions programming, visit www.prestigecare.com/expressions.
To learn more about Prestige Care Assisted Living at Kalispell located at 125 Glenwood Drive, visit us online or call (406) 756-1818.
About Prestige Care, Inc.
Prestige Care is a family of senior living and skilled nursing centers operated through a philosophy of caring. With more than 70 communities located throughout the U.S., Prestige Care is based on a core value system of respect, integrity, commitment and trust that serves as the bedrock of every Prestige Care and Prestige Senior Living community. For more information on Prestige Care, visit its website at www.prestigecare.com.