The GreenFields Experience: “Music & Memory” Volunteer Program

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David McMullen, Executive Director of Development & Marketing at Niagara Lutheran Health System; Patricia Ulrich, Grant writer and member of Holy Trinity Lutheran; Pastor Lee Miller, Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; Vicar Brenda Maynor, Intern at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; Laura Loehr, Grant committee member and purchasing agent; Mary Beth Mego, Activities Director at GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center


Music & Memory is a program in which residents who suffer from cognitive and physical impairments find renewed meaning in their lives through the gift of personalized music. Having dementia or physical limitations can be isolating, but music creates a positive therapeutic outlet and has the ability to tap into lost memories and awaken residents, enabling them to feel like their forgotten selves; to converse, socialize, and stay present. Music and Memory can help bring dignity to people suffering from memory impairment, and optimism and comfort to their families and friends.

Research has shown that programs like the Music & Memory program that have been facilitated in senior care facilities around the country result in happier and more social residents. These programs tend to deepen relationships among staff, residents, and family, and create a calmer, more supportive social environment. They have also helped to reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues among individuals with memory impairment.

Volunteers with The GreenFields Music & Memory program will coordinate with families and department staff to develop personalized musical playlists for residents. They will assist with downloading music using a laptop and iPods and help staff introduce music to residents.

Training will be provided onsite. In order to comply with Federal and State regulations, all volunteers must receive a health screen and orientation to the facility.

If you are interested in applying to become a Music & Memory volunteer, please contact Shoshone Dentice at 716-684-0202 ext. 1809 or sdentice@niagaralutheran.org. If you would like to learn more about our volunteer opportunities, please click here or contact Human Resources at 716-684-3000 or hrghrc@niagaralutheran.org.

The GreenFields resident



5959 Broadway
Lancaster, NY 14086

The Niagara Lutheran Health System does not discriminate in the admittance of residents or the hiring of employees relative to age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, sexual preference gender, gender identity, blindness, handicap, sponsor, marital status, or religion.

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