Music and Memory Session Leader
Volunteer Types: Companionship/Visiting, Disability Support, Health Care, Mediation and Facilitation, Mental Health
Organization types: Arts, Community and Social Services, Disabilities, Health and Diseases, Senior Citizens, Special Interests
Long term (6 months to a year)
Application Deadline: May 11, 2023
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Music and Memory Session Leaders would be required to fulfill the following task to assist in facilitating the program for residents;
-Ensuring that all ipods for the session are in good working order
-Setting up each resident with their personalized ipod playlist and headphones or speaker depending on the resident preference
-Monitor residents who are unable to verbalize to ascertain if they are enjoying the music or if there is a change in behavior
-Select 2-3 residents per visit to sit and enjoy their music with them and will engage in conversation about music and other topics depending on the resident.
-Clean up for the session- gather the ipods, ensure those that are needed to are placed on the charger, organize headphones and speakers
-Document resident participation in the session

Volunteers must have some knowledge or are willing to learn how to use Itunes and Ipods.

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Volunteers in the Music and Memory program will gain first hand experience working with older adults experiencing cognitive and physical impairments including those living with dementia.
How will the organization benefit?
Music & Memory started with the understanding that music is deeply rooted in our conscious and unconscious brains. As powerful as that idea is, it becomes even more important if the functioning of the brain is deteriorating, as occurs in dementia and other types of cognitive and physical loss. But music can awaken the brain and with it, the rich trove of memories that are associated with familiar songs or beloved pieces. Reconnecting residents with their favorite music can vastly improve quality of life regardless of cognitive or physical status. The Music and Memory program supports our residents to be empowered to make choice, enable memory and provide avenues for genuine communication for the residents of The Glebe Centre.
Volunteer location:
77 Monk Street Ottawa Ontario K1S5A7


Bridget MacInnis
@The Glebe Centre
Ext: 353
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This position would be great for: Adults, High School Students (14-18), Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 2
Good for people interested in: Companionship/Visiting, Disability Support, Health Care, Mediation and Facilitation, Mental Health
You will be helping with: Disadvantaged, Men, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions, Seniors, Visible minorities or racialized persons, Women

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  • Vulnerable sector check required
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