Lutheran Home program brings old songs, old memories alive


How does hearing some of your favorite childhood songs impact you?

Chances are, you remember every single word. It takes you back to the “good old days,” and you get a great big smile across your face.

Think about how good this music can make someone in your life feel who is sick, lonely, suffering from memory loss or perhaps even facing their final days, weeks or months on earth.

Music can bring joy, happiness, connection, comfort and memories.

The Perry Lutheran Home’s next topic in the free, AgingWell seminar series, “Using the Power of Personalized Music,” explores the power of music on personal memory. The seminar will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Perry Public Library at 1101 Willis Ave.

The featured speaker will be the Perry Lutheran Home’s Music and Memory Program Director Alyssa Poland. The Perry Lutheran Home is one of only 19 Music-and-Memory-certified providers in Iowa.

This program brings iPods filled with songs personalized for each resident. Grounded in research about how brains respond to music, the Music and memory program benefits residents with music’s therapeutic potential to tap deep memories and reconnect residents with the world.

The event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided.

If you are a spouse, child, caregiver or friend and would like to learn ways to use the power of personalized music with your loved ones in order to create an environment that is best for them to live and thrive in, RSVP today in order to reserve your spot. Call or email Alyssa Poland today at 515-465-5342 or

The monthly AgingWell seminar series typically falls on the second or third Tuesday of each month. For a list of upcoming topics and dates, visit the Perry Lutheran Home website.


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