Imagine back to when you first heard a song or a tune that struck a chord in you – no matter how it made you feel, this particular song stayed with you throughout your life. And now, whenever you hear it, you’re transported back to that moment in time.

That’s the effect Shining Star CLE, a solo-singing competition for Northeast Ohio high school students, will have on its contestants – forming an everlasting memory, not only for them, but also for our residents who will enjoy watching some participants performing live at Montefiore.

Bridging music, memories and those with dementia

Music allows individuals with dementia to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories stored deep within the brain, according to the non-profit organization, Music & Memory. While Alzheimer’s damages the ability to recall facts and details, it does not destroy these lasting connections between a favorite song or melody and the memory associated with it, no matter how long ago.

Montefiore’s Memory Care Network implements music programs, services and events that help reawaken these precious memories in individuals with dementia. Our network includes two memory care assisted living communities – The Willensky Residence at Montefiore in Beachwood and The David and Freda Robinson Residence at The Weils in Chagrin Falls – and the Home Smart Memory Care program for those who wish to remain at home.