Music program helps Alzheimer's, dementia patients at Harmar Place

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - A local nursing home is using music to keep memories alive.

Harmar Place in Marietta is a certified provider of Music and Memory, a nationally-recognized program, which uses music to treat patients with Alzheimer's, dementia and other health challenges.

Harmar staff members have been trained to create personalized playlists for patients on iPods. This music helps trigger memories through music they love and have a connection to.

Harmar staff said nothing is better than seeing a resident come to life after remembering times and feelings associated with that tune.

"You know if they go back and they start listening to some of their favorite songs or what not," admissions and marketing director Terri Schneider said, "sometimes they may not be able to recall things but they'll start singing that song..and they can actually remember you know, the words to the song."

The program was created back in 2010 as a non-profit. United Church Homes, the parent company of Harmar Place and Glenwood Retirement Community, also offers the program at its other facilities nationwide.