After spending 30 years in the health care industry as a nurse and activity coordinator, Iris Anderson had an idea: I.D.E.A. The website (http://www.ideamusic.org) Innovative Development of Elderly Activity (I.D.E.A.) uses music as a common language that can bring people together and evoke memories. According to her website, Anderson feels “there is ample opportunity to enhance the lives of the elderly and others with music, whether it be fore easy listening, sing-a-longs or therapeutic reasons.”
Throughout Anderson’s years of experience she learned that music is often the background for many fond memories, in addition to helping with emotional or social needs of individuals. She also believes it can help with communication and memory for the cognitively impaired. For this reason, Anderson has created four different songbooks specifically developed “to advocate and promote meaningful opportunities for others.”
This includes “Sing-A-Long Golden Oldies,” “Fun & Relaxation Movement,” “Let’s Sing Christmas Carols,” and “Let’s Sing Spiritual Hymns.” Tapes and CDs are also available, though all have been developed systematically so that they are easy to follow. “This music assists in meeting the holistic needs of people through the enjoyment of music, whether it be provided on an individual basis, at a personal care home or at one of our community elders gatherings,” Anderson said.
Home Care Assistance Columbus often suggests that our care companions use music to help clients recall fond memories and to support a calm environment.
Warm up your vocal chords!