Grant will Enhance Music, Memories and Connections at Masonic Village


For information, please contact:
Len Weiser, Jr., executive director, Masonic Charity Foundation

Studies have shown repeatedly that music has special power for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Masonic Village at Burlington will soon be able to create personalized playlists for residents and better interpret their responses, leading to improved communication and increased overall quality of life.

Masonic Village’s Activity Team, through the generosity of a grant, is in the process of becoming certified as a MUSIC & MEMORY℠ organization. This specialized training will teach activity team members how to recognize and understand residents’ responses to music. It also will enable team members, including Gloria Turk, music therapist, to create a Masonic Village iTunes library, efficiently manage many residents’ playlists and integrate personalized digital music into each resident’s daily care plan.

When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function and coordinate motor movements, according to Tammy George, director of activities at Masonic Village. This happens because rhythmic responses require little to no cognitive or mental processing. Music associated with personal memories helps reach and engage a person with dementia even as memory fails.

“There is growing evidence that personalized music leads to happier and more social elders, and relationships among staff and families deepen,” George said. “Everyone benefits from a calmer and more supportive social environment.”

Playlists have already been created for several residents. Masonic Village expects to complete the certification by the end of August.

Masonic Village at Burlington offers retirement living residences, comprehensive personal care services, long-term care accommodations with dedicated memory support, and short-term rehabilitation. For more information, visit For more information about MUSIC & MEMORY℠, visit