Hearing is Believing
The Music and Memory project which our organization is coordinating is having a profound effect on seniors in many facilities in Israel. We have distributed dozens of iPods and earphones to three major facilities so far--Beit Avraham
at Laniado Hospital in Netanya, Amal Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center
in Tiberias, and Nof Tzfat
The astounding positive effects of the music on many of the patients has been praised by the staff in these facilities. Patients who were unresponsive, now hold conversations. A woman thought to be deaf now responds to questions. Even the staff and other residents are amazed by the changes they see all around them as a result of the joy the music is bringing into their lives.
We hope this is just a beginning. We'd like to reach elders throughout the country and bring this same joy to them. Please help by donating iPods or music to help us achieve this goal. For information on how you can help, call: 09-8821197
Pilot Music and Memory Project Already Reaping Rewards
In Their Shoes R.A. has begun a pilot project in five nursing homes in Israel to introduce the Music and Memory program, which has been so successful in the USA and in other countries. Patients receive personalized music playlists along with their own iPod and earphones and are able to enjoy their favorite songs during the day. Experience has shown that use of music in this manner has benefited the patients in many cases.
In Their Shoes R.A. will gladly accept any used or new iPod donations to help us expand this project, donations to help purchase of music and any digital music to add to our library of songs. Help us bring the joy of music to our elders.
Below is the testimony of Ilana Cohen, Manager of Beit Carmel