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13INside Track learns about memory care at American Senior Communities

American Senior Communities helps maintain memory through a music program to keep residents active and engaged.


Long-term memories are very important to older generations living at American Senior Communities. ASC is seeing a new generation of residents, the Baby Boomers, born between 1946-1964, that have distinct differences in their lifestyle preferences. These preferences include food, décor, attitude about life and, especially for patients with dementia, music.  

Melanie Perry, ASC Director of Memory Care Support Services, addresses the changes in ASC’s Memory Care program and makes sure that their programs speak to the interests of the transitioning generation.

"Music is one of the most important aspects of life to the 'Baby Boomers,'" she told 13INside Track.

Music was often a central part of life for those growing up during the 50’s and 60’s. For patients in the Memory Care program, Melanie uses music to “jog” patient’s memories, to keep them active and engaged. 

American Senior Communities music program “Augustus Cottage Rocks”, brings music into all aspects of their resident’s lives, the older ‘Silent’ (pre-1946) Generation and transitioning ‘Baby Boomers’. It is a fun and engaging therapy to help residents “relive” Important times in their lives such as their teenage years, dating and marriage, and raising their families.

For more information about American Senior Communities Memory Care and music programs, visit ASCCare.com.