Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sound the Trumpets! NALW is Here!

Happy National Assisted Living Week® (NALW)! All over the country, assisted living providers, team members, residents, families and volunteers are celebrating “The Magic of Music” through innovative events and activities.

Held each year beginning on Grandparents Day, NALW showcases the enriching environments of assisted living communities and the person-centered care delivered to residents every day. The 2014 theme, “The Magic of Music” highlights the transformational effect that music can have, and the activities held throughout the week showcase the comfort, joy and connection music provides residents in every stage of life.

NALW celebrations have been second-to-none this year, from full-scale community bands with homemade instruments, to seasonal concerts with local schools and community centers. Many communities with memory care units have planned special music-themed activities for those residents. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, research shows that music can have a significant impact on cognition for those with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.
As NALW continues through Saturday, we want to hear from YOU! Visit the NALW Facebook page and share stories, photos and joyful moments from your NALW celebrations. Before posting a photo, be sure to secure a signed photo release form from residents. And keep track of your activities throughout the week for the NCAL Awards Program in 2015.

Enjoy NALW and may the “Magic of Music” fill your heart with song!

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