Heart for Music
Surrey’s Music Therapy Program for Seniors
Heart For Music is Surrey’s #1 Music Therapy Program for seniors in the Surrey community and throughout British Columbia. Initiated in 2019, Rick’s Heart Foundation s provides each care home with supplies and startup funds to implement the program which to date has improved the well-being of over 100 senior residents of not-for-profit care homes in the Surrey Community. Businessman and Philanthropist Rick Diamond of Diamond Delivery believes that music is a powerful tool that can bring joy and comfort to seniors living with dementia and to those who are lonely and isolated.
Our Music Therapy Program: How it Works
Seniors living in are set up with personal playlists with music that is meaningful to them. No two playlists are the same as it is identifying and providing each senior with their own music that creates such wonderful responses to the music. Once the program is set up it is a wonderful way for families, staff and volunteers to bring smiles and contentment to seniors.
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“I believe in the power of music. It brings people out of themselves. It brings them alive in a really special way.”
Sheila Harry, BMus, MTA, Kinsmen Lodge
Why choose a Music Therapy Program?
Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioural benefits for seniors, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.
For example, music can:
- Relieve stress
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Reduce agitation
Music can also benefit caregivers by reducing anxiety and distress, lightening the mood, and providing a way to connect with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease — especially those who have difficulty communicating.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors are more isolated and in need of joy than ever before. Our goal is to expand the Heart for Music program into more senior care facilities across British Columbia. Rick’s Heart Foundation is proud to have implemented the music therapy program at the following homes within the Surrey community: Zion, Kinsmen Lodge, Elim Village, KinVillage, George Derby, and Czorny Alzheimer Centre.