Music Share for Seniors’ Virtual Program connects seniors living in long-term care with trained Program Facilitators for one-to-one or small group music listening experiences over scheduled Zoom video calls.

Program Facilitators

Our Program Facilitators provide personalized music playlists and engage with participants in an effort to trigger memories and build new meaningful relationships. Music Share for Seniors provides all necessary program materials including a tablet connected to cellular data to ensure a stable connection throughout the sessions. Our Virtual program has proven to be a safe and effective way of engaging with isolated seniors, while eliminating the risk of disease transmission.

Program Materials

The program materials provided are portable so the program can take place in the participants room, in common areas, and anywhere else that is most convenient for residents and staff. Due to the fact that our participants choose the music they would like to hear, they are empowered to actively shape their own experience.

Benefits of Music Listening

Through consistent and caring engagement, Music Share for Seniors offers participants something to look forward to each week. By actively reducing the amount of time they spend alone, Music Share for Seniors helps curb some of the negative health risks associated with being isolated. A study conducted by Sihvonen et al. (2017) found that, the brain maintains its plastic properties to some degree as we age. Music-listening experiences mold certain areas of the brain, even after neural damage, and provide long-term changes. A study conducted by Bethell et al. (2021) stated that, maintaining positive relationships with family and friends is of utmost importance to many LTC residents, and a lack of visits from family and friends can lead to feelings of abandonment.

What’s Included

One-to-one Interaction

  • One-to-one music listening sessions are scheduled and organized to connect residents with trained Program Facilitators.
  • Program Facilitators help create the music listening experience by delivering music requests in real time and engaging with participants one-to-one or in small group settings.
  • Our Program Facilitators encourage further engagement by creating mutually beneficial relationships and providing them with something to look forward to each week.

Remote Playlisting

  • Music Share for Seniors provides our ‘Music Preference Questionnaire’ to residents, family members and care staff in order to determine what our senior participants would like to listen to.
  • Personalized music playlists are built for each participant based on their individual responses and personal backgrounds.
  • Playlists are maintained and updated monthly, and can be accessed and downloaded to any device on site that runs Spotify.

Equipment and Tech

  • Music Share for Seniors provides iPad(s) and wireless Bose Speaker(s) for easy organization and a high quality music listening experience.
  • A unique Spotify account is created and maintained for your community.
  • Equipment comes with protective cases and any and all damages are covered by Music Share.