Windsor Gardens Healthcare Center of the Valley Participates in Groundbreaking Music & Memory Pilot Program

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Mental Health News
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Skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center Windsor Gardens Healthcare Center of the Valley was selected to participate in a groundbreaking pilot project that studies the impact of music on the quality of life of seniors suffering from Alzheimers and dementia.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In an effort to improve the quality of life for people

suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia, Windsor Gardens Healthcare Center of the Valley ( is participating in a groundbreaking pilot project that reconnects seniors with the world through music-connected memories. The project, called Music & Memory, will study the impact of music on quality of life and determine if familiar tunes can reduce depression and the need for medication.

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Launched in May, 2016, Windsor Gardens is the only skilled nursing facilities in the area participating in the program. The Music & Memory pilot project is initially being introduced to just 50 skilled nursing facilities out of 1000+ California-based facilities. At the end of three years, 300 homes will be on the program, with approximately 4,500 nursing home residents listening to customized music playlists of their favorite music on a personal iPod.

 "Windsor Gardens of the Valley chose to participate in Music & Memory to enhance the quality of life for our residents," says Marissa Kirby, Administrator at Windsor Gardens. "It is our hope to achieve decreased behaviors, decreased use of antipsychotic medications and increased memory recall with our residents who suffer from Alzheimer's and Dementia."

The Music & Memory Project is a $1.4 million statewide program administered by the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), and funded from nursing home fines collected by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Researchers at the University of California, Davis are studying the impact of music on reducing antipsychotic medication for people with dementia and other cognitive disorders . The project is based on the work already underway in other states as part of the national Music and Memory Program based in New York.

Windsor Gardens invites you to speak with staff and families who have already experienced the impact of this program on their loved ones, and to see this life-changing program in action. 

About Windsor:

Windsor Healthcare is an operator of more than thirty skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, and senior living communities throughout California and parts of Arizona. Windsor's goal is to provide patient-centered care in a warm and comfortable environment. Their experienced team of doctors, nurses and rehabilitation therapists combine state-of-the-art equipment, therapeutic exercises and enjoyable activities to help residents regain their strength and independence.

Media Contact: Marissa Kirby, Windsor Healthcare, 818-985-5990,

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