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Posted by Aegis Living

Published on Dec 3, 2014

At Aegis Living we seek to redefine what it is to age, as our residents enjoy life to its fullest. That’s why music is an integral part of daily life here. Experts say music can reach the soul, has the potential to get beyond cognitive impairments and just feels good.

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It’s like high school and college all over, and I think life should be that way all the way through.

Sue: We’re celebrating the ’50s.

Dwayne: We have  2,000 people that have like minds about how we treat people, and we don’t see our residents as elderly, we see them as great people that just happen to have a few years on us. A lot of times, with seniors, people think, “Jeez, they can’t do that anymore,” because they’re frail or maybe they have a cognitive impairment. We’re trying to break that kind of thinking.

Dr. Newell: It’s like the elixir of youth. I’ve cared for older people for many, many years and I’ve never seen this level of involvement and joy.

Dwayne: Music is one of the things that tends to penetrate the crevices of a person’s brain and gets beyond the cognitive impairments that a lot of people have. You know, I danced with a lady that said, “I haven’t danced this way since 1947.” This issue of fun, this issue of feeling good about life again, and it doesn’t have to end when you move into a retirement community. Our job, at the purest level, is to give that resident a moment of joy every day, and if we can keep that in the forefront of our mind, we’ve done our job.