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December 01, 2016
Personalized music enhances the quality of life of residents at Woodingford Lodge

New video shares positive program effects including improvement in responsive behaviours, enhanced quality of life and reduced boredom

Music can play a powerful role in people’s lives. Locally, staff members at Woodingford Lodge are seeing how personalized music can soothe the soul, making a difference for those living with Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia, physical limitations, depression and anxiety.

In 2014, the MUSIC & MEMORYSM program was initiated at Woodingford Lodge, introduced as a way to help staff bring pleasure to residents and improve quality of life. Qualitative and quantitative data collected show positive effects are being experienced by residents.

The MUSIC & MEMORYSM program has proven a valuable tool in Woodingford Lodge’s goal, focusing on implementing non-pharmacological interventions where possible. Positive effects of the program include but are not limited to: improvement in responsive behaviours, enhanced quality of life, reduced boredom and a reduction in medication use.

Last week, Woodingford Lodge team members Randi Williams and Mark Dager had the opportunity to share the program’s results at the This is Long Term Care: Quality, Innovation and Research Forum 2016 in Toronto.

In addition to sharing the positive findings of the MUSIC & MEMORYSM program at the conference, Woodingford Lodge also gave conference goers a sneak peek of a brand new video that highlights the importance and positive outcomes that have been witnessed at Woodingford Lodge since the launch of the personalized music program. The video features residents, family members and staff who truly believe that music can soothe the soul and improve health and well-being.

Video Screening

Woodingford Lodge is hosting an official launch for its new video Music and Memory at Woodingford Lodge coupled with a screening of Alive Inside, a film that won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Alive Inside demonstrates music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Those interested in learning more about the program, how to donate, or how to volunteer are encourage to attend.

Tuesday December 13, 2016
6:15pm-7:45 pm

Woodingford Lodge 
300 Juliana Drive, Woodstock

Entry is free, but donations to Woodingford Lodge’s MUSIC & MEMORYS program are welcome.

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About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Oxford County has a population of approximately 111,700 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050 and becoming a zero waste community. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture forms a cornerstone of the County’s economy, which boasts 55,000 jobs in a rapidly expanding commercial and industrial sector bolstered by its location at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403. The County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement 
519.539.9800, ext. 3505 |