Have an older iPad or MP3 player that’s just collecting dust? Consider donating it to the Masonic Homes. Masonic Homes staff are seeking donations of mobile devices to assist with resident memory care programming.
How to donate
Bring your working iPad or MP3 player to the World Conference and drop it off at the Masonic Homes booth, located on the Exhibit Hall level. Or, bring or mail your device to the Union City Masonic Home (located at 34400 Mission Blvd, Union City, Calif. 94587).
All donations will be distributed to lower-income residents who cannot afford to purchase a device on their own.
“Each device will help revitalize the mind and bring happiness to Masonic Homes residents,” says Joseph Pritchard, director of memory care at the Masonic Homes. “We greatly appreciate the benevolence and generosity of everyone who is able to participate.”
iPads: Improving overall quality of life
Wondering why iPads are needed? The Masonic Homes recently collaborated with Dr. T.J. McCallum of Case Western University to study how iPads affected resident health. Residents were given iPads, and instructed to use them for social engagement, brain stimulating games, and Internet-based research. Preliminary data has shown that the residents who use iPads are more socially engaged, participate more in other Masonic Homes programs, and are happier with their mental abilities.
iPods: Using music to engage memory
One powerful method in reaching residents suffering from cognitive impairment is through music. Music stimulates an area of the brain often spared by dementia, and when this area is stimulated it allows for new connections to old memories. By hearing familiar music, memory impaired residents are able to access long-term memories and relive previously forgotten experiences. Because of this, the Masonic Home is developing personalized playlists to bring music and memories back into residents’ lives. The program requires residents to have their own personal iPod or MP3 player.
“Recent studies show that memory issues are found in almost 70% of the senior population,” says Pritchard. “This staggering statistic is one reason the Masonic Homes have devoted a significant amount of resources, research, and manpower into memory care and support. Any donation will make a huge impact for our residents.”
Questions? Contact Director of Memory Care Joseph Pritchard.
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