Music & Memory at the Library

Music & Memory at the Library is a partnership between CAMP Rehoboth Chorus and Friends Music & Memory Project and the following Sussex County Public Libraries:
Lewes Public Library
Georgetown Public Library
Milford Public Library
Seaford District Library

Studies show the brain ties music to memory and that personalized therapeutic music enables the listener to reconnect, regain social skills, and live more fully. Other benefits include increased cooperation and attention, reduced resistance to care, decreased agitation and sundowning, enhanced engagement and socialization, and reduced reliance on anti-psychotic medications.

This program:

  • can be used for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, chronic pain, in dialysis, and in hospice;
  • uses personalized music for enjoyment and to improve quality of life for people with memory issues;
  • is supported by scientific research and anecdotal evidence;
  • can be used at any time throughout the day to calm as well as uplift and bring individuals into the present;
  • has been used in memory care units of nursing homes and is now available to those cared for at home; and
  • is free of charge.

How to participate:

  • Fill out an application form and drop it off at one of the participating libraries.
  • A trained Music & Memory volunteer from CAMP Chorus will contact you and set up a meeting with you to assess the person’s musical interests.
  • Using a musical library maintained on a laptop provided by CAMP Chorus, the volunteer develops a personalized playlist.
  • The volunteer loads the personalized playlist onto an MP3 player.
  • The volunteer reviews the care of use of the MP3 player and headphones.
  • Using their Delaware library care, the caregiver checks out the MP3 player and headphones for as long as it is needed.
  • If you do not have a Delaware library card, the library can assist you in getting one.
  • Changes to playlists are available if wanted or needed.