Music Share is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing senior social isolation through a variety of individualized music-based programming.
We provide participants with music specific to their personal histories and preferences in an effort to trigger memories, reconnect them with their past, and stimulate various areas of the brain involved in memory and emotional processing.
Music Share was founded in 2017 by Julian Powell as a way to connect youth volunteers with isolated seniors living in long term care communities. Together they listened to, and talked about, music treasured by the senior participants.
Since learning of COVID-19 Music Share has developed distanced programming in an effort to provide meaningful and emotive entertainment to residents experiencing increased isolation due to the virus.
Program and Support Services Manager - Chartwell
“The team at Music Share have been extremely helpful to our Home during the COVID-19 pandemic. They drop off multiple tablets and the recreation team is able to provide the customized music playlist to the residents throughout the day. This allows our team to continue to offer individual virtual visits, outdoor visits with families and other recreation and social activities throughout the pandemic."
“I just wanted to thank Julian Powell for bringing a
smile and some joy to my mother today at St. George
Community Care with the Music Share program.”
"Music Share was a truly valued addition to the programming at St. George Community Care. The focus on social interaction and familiar music is really what helps this program stand apart from other music programs currently being offered. Over time staff noted that residents who took part in Music Share seemed to be in an overall better mood and were more talkative than they had been prior to starting the program."
Daughter of Participant
Recreation Coordinator - Sienna Senior Living
If you are interested in bringing Music Share to your community, volunteering your time as a Playlister or Facilitator, or becoming a sponsor please reach out now!