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Joy Perrin has served memory impaired client facilities since 1993!!!
Including all the major 'Alzheimers and dementia' facilities in the NYC metro area from 93-03, and major facilities in Northern California, since 2003.

I am an EXPERT Therapeutic Musician for the Memory Impaired, the most experienced practitioner, in NorCal.

My extensive experience (thousands of hours), and repertoire of hundreds songs

(I know WHICH ones they respond to and participate in) provide truly MEANINGFUL MUSICAL STIMULATION and participation for dementia, memory-impaired, and Alzheimers clients.

A picture is worth a thousand words. 
CLICK HERE to see me a photo essay of some of my work.
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Therapeutic music provides opportunities for:

• Anxiety and stress reduction • Awareness of self and environment • Emotional Intimacy • Memory recall • Mood and emotional elevation • Nonpharmacologic pain management • •Sense of control • Social interaction • Stimulation • Structure • Verbal fluency

Additional details:

Memory recall which contributes to reminiscence and satisfaction with life

Positive changes in mood and emotional states

Sense of control over life through successful experiences

Awareness of self and environment which accompanies increased attention to music

Anxiety and stress reduction for older adult and caregiver

Nonpharmacological management of pain and discomfort

Stimulation which provokes interest even when no other approach is effective

Structure which promotes rhythmic and continuous movement or vocal fluency as an adjunct to physical rehabilitation

Emotional intimacy when spouses and families share creative music experiences
Social interaction with caregivers and families

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Research Highlights indicate that therapeutic music reduces depression among older adults

Music experiences can be structured to enhance social/emotional skills, to assist in recall and language skills

and to decrease problem behaviors.

• Music tasks have been used to assess cognitive ability in people with Alzheimer’s Disease.
• Music is effective in decreasing the frequency of agitated and aggressive behaviors for individuals diagnosed

with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias

• Individuals in the late stages of dementia respond to and interact with music

This photo taken from the 1999 brochure of Jewish Home and Hospitals, NYC, advertising their Adult Day programs. I played regular programs for Adult Day, and Memory clients at JHH at several locations, including The Bronx and Manhattan locations. I did a regular weekly programs there for years.Now known as 'The New Jewish Home' Their locations serve clients of all races, religions and creeds.

A well-known Marin County Memory Care facility.