Transforming Dementia Care
Day by Day
Combining Education, Music Engagement, and a New Perspective on the dementia diagnosis to transform memory care.
501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization | Pioneers of the Memory Disco
Role of Music in Dementia
One of the preserved skills throughout dementia is the ability to perceive and engage with the rhythm of music. We can use this to create moments of connection and joy!
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We envision a world where moments of remembrance, joy, and connection are ordinary for care partners through the power of music. Our Memory Disco, which combines silent disco technology with our Music Engagement Program, is the tool that makes this vision a reality.
The Power of Music in Dementia
Emotional Memories are encoded rhythmically in the brain and that is one of the only skills preserved throughout dementia.
So that means even when cognition language and motor skills decline, we will always have the ability to tap into these memories
Music Fosters Communication
The symptoms of dementia oftentimes serve as a barrier between a loved one and their caregivers.
Music is a universal language, and in this case, a language that doesn’t necessarily need words to create a feeling of understanding and connection.
Barriers to Music
Reduced attention span, auditory needs, and accessibility to music creates a barrier to maximizing the power music can have in this community.
But behind this barrier, our loved ones are still there, waiting for us to connect with them. We just need the right medium.
The Solution: Memory Discos
Our headphones have individualized volume adjustments and allow participants to direct their available attention towards the music.
The community aspect of silent disco technology allows us to use music as a communication tool.
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President & Founder
Kaylie Glenn is the President and Founder of The Dementia Project. Since age 10, Kaylie has seen the power of music in simple violin performances within memory care facilities. Since then, Kaylie envisions a world where accessible music engagement tools are commonplace in dementia care. She has developed volunteer organizations at high schools and universities across Ohio, inspiring over 100 young volunteers to create moments of joy for those affected by the disease. For seven years, she has worked with neurologists, families, and care partners to develop multi-sensory musical experiences for dementia care. As a Community Educator for the Alzheimer's Association, Kaylie is an advocate and supporter for those impacted by dementia. Kaylie will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience this fall.
Anish Ganesh is the Vice President of The Dementia Project. Anish's decade-long journey with playing and singing music found a new purpose towards the later years of his grandmother’s life. Using music as a tool for nonverbal communication, Anish learned of the value music can have in building connection. Since 2019, Anish has worked in an NIH funded research lab with a focus on potential treatments for Alzheimer’s. He also spearheaded an initiative that brings live music to dementia communities in a clinical setting at the Grant Medical Center. He sees The Dementia Project's Memory Disco as the tool that revolutionizes the accessibility and quality of music engagement. He will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience in the spring.