OU Medical Center Edmond is the first hospital in the Oklahoma City metro area to provide a certified “Music and Memory” program for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. The Autumn Life Center for Geriatric Behavioral Health recently completed the certification to provide this exciting, customized music therapy program to its patients.

Music and Memory utilizes iPods with customized playlists to the individual patient to potentially unlock memories that have not been lost to the dementia process.

Research has shown that the memories associated with a favorite song are often remembered, even if several decades have passed and the patient’s current memory is compromised. The Music and Memory program has shown to reduce agitation and anxiety that patients with dementia often experience.

To become certified, staff members at the Autumn Life Center underwent specialized training on how to work with patients and families on creating a customized musical library that is meaningful to the patient, and then utilizing that music in daily patient care, and how to engage both the patient and the family in the therapeutic value of the program.

“We are thrilled to be the first inpatient program to be Music and Memory certified in the Oklahoma City area,” said Traci Summerfield, Director of Adult Behavioral Health at OU Medical Center. “This program has shown tremendous positive results throughout the United States and Canada and has improved the lives of dementia patients by spurring memories not lost to the disease and calming the anxiety patients with dementia usually experience.”

THE AUTUMN Life Center for Geriatric Behavioral Health offers behavioral health care to patients suffering from acute mental conditions. The 17-bed private unit is located within OU Medical Center Edmond and accepts patients 55 and older with a variety of behavioral health conditions including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease, among others. The facility utilizes a variety of therapeutic processes to assess, treat, and stabilize patients with behavioral health issues.