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Spring Creek Inn Memory Care Community Introduces Music and Memory Program

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Spring Creek Inn Memory Care Community Introduces Music and Memory Program

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Bozeman, Montana – The therapeutic benefits of personalized music will now help Alzheimer’s and Dementia residents at Spring Creek Inn Memory Care in Bozeman, Montana, to tap into deep memories and reconnect with the world. 

Spring Creek Inn Memory Care has launched the Music and Memory program – a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps communities provide residents with individualized iPods loaded with music playlists personalized just for them.  The program uses music to help recover memories, stimulate recognition and enhance quality of life.  Spring Creek Inn is the second assisted living community in Montana to become Music and Memory certified.  The first community to launch the Music and Memory program is Canyon Creek Memory Care, Spring Creek Inn’s sister community in Billings, MT. 

“We couldn’t think of a better way to personalize the care of our residents than to provide them with the music they know and love,” said Cindy Morris, Director of Community Relations for Spring Creek Inn Memory Care. 

The program is led by a team of Spring Creek Inn  staff members who talk with the resident and/or their families to determine which musical artists, songs and genres will be most meaningful and enjoyable for the patient.  Once the personalized playlist is created and downloaded onto an iPod, a Spring Creek Inn team member delivers the music to the resident, listening along with him/her or leaving the iPod with him/her to use independently or with family.  The idea is simple, but the difference that Music and Memory is making in the quality of life to elder care residents with a wide range of cognitive and physical impairments is nothing short of remarkable.  According to research, the therapeutic benefits of music can provide not only comfort and enjoyment, but also reduce isolation, anxiety and agitation. 

“I watched the uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, “ALIVE INSIDE”, which tells the story of the Music and Memory program, and I felt a tug at my heart.  I knew it was something we needed to be a part of!” said Morris. 

Spring Creek Inn Memory Care will be showing “ALIVE INSIDE:  The Story of Music and Memory” at 5:30 pm, Thursday, June 18that the C’Mon Inn, Bozeman, MT.    This event is free and open to the public.  RSVP is requested to 406.586.0074.   This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the organization Music and Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.  Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals across the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.  His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. 

The local program will need support from the Bpzeman community to help make Music and Memory a success.  If you have an unused (new or used) iPod and Headsets or want to donate iTunes gift cards so Spring Creek Inn can purchase songs and build their music libraries, you can do so by sending them to Spring Creek Inn Memory Care (1641 Hunters Way, Bozeman, MT 59715).  All donations will be used by trained staff for maximum benefit to residents.  “What a unique way to honor a loved one who has battled with Alzheimer’s or dementia and/or had a love for music,” suggested Morris.    

To learn more about Music & Memory, view a video clip of Henry, a true success story, at

About Spring Creek Inn Memory Care

Spring Creek Inn is a Koelsch Senior Community that specializes in Memory Care. We have around the clock nurses, an engaging activity department and a beautiful, relaxing space to call home.  This family-owned and operated business, based in Olympia, WA, has created memory care communities in AZ, ID, MT, TX, WA and CA.

Koelsch Senior Communities got its start in 1958 when Emmett and Alice Koelsch recognized the need for quality senior care and opened their first, modest nursing home in Kelso, WA. To provide the best possible care for their residents, Emmett and Alice moved their family into the basement of the nursing home. Soon, each member of the family was trained in all facets of caring for seniors. Aaron Koelsch, son of Emmett and Alice, continues to lead the company using the same basic philosophy—treat all people with the respect they deserve and the special attention they may need. 

For more information

please contact:

Cindy Morris

Director of Community Relations

Spring Creek Inn Memory Care

1641 Hunters Way Bozeman, Montana

Phone   406.586.0074 | Fax   406.586-9017