Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation is a certified Music and Memory facility. We launched the program last fall with three elders and quickly realized how effective music can be in changing of the lives of our elders. Music and Memory is a program that uses personalized playlist for each elder participating in the program. The Music and Memory program has been effective in helping elders relieve anxiety, depression, agitation, wandering, and other behaviors associated with dementia. Elders are given their own headphones, iPod Shuffles, and personalized playlist on their iPods. We purchase the elders favorite songs using iTunes gift cards.
The program is completely funded by fundraising and donations. We decided to host our first 5k run/walk and fun run for kids this year at Westmoreland Care and Rehab to help expand our Music and Memory Program. We raised $750 dollars and now we will be able to provide 20 total elders with their own iPod Shuffles, personalized music, and headphones! WCRC would like to thank everyone who participated in the run and all the sponsors who helped fund our 5K shirts! We do plan on having a 5K next year as well!
We had several participants who said they loved just walking the route because of the scenery. Other runners said the route was challenging and they really enjoyed the run. The kids had a blast running through tires, walking a balance beam while holding a spoon with an Easter Egg on it, running through an obstacle course made of pool noodles, and at the end of the run they played a Minute to Win It, Hot Potato, Straw, and an M&M challenge. Several of the kids decided to run the race more than once! Every child and adult received a medal for participation, a shirt, and complimentary brunch after the run hosted by the dietary department at Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation. Thanks again to everyone who volunteered, donated, and participated in the 1st Annual “Miles for Memory” 5K run!
Mens 5K Winners
–1st Place: Dillion Tucker / 19 minutes and 42 seconds
–2nd Place: Gordon Vaught / 20 minutes and 7 seconds
–3rd Place: Dalton Cook / 31 minutes and 26 seconds
Womens 5K Winners
–1st Place Michelle Kelleher / 35 minutes and 26 seconds
–2nd Place Michelle Cook / 36 minutes and 2 seconds
KIDS BUNNY FUN RUN WINNERS
–1st Place Gavin Graves
–2nd Place Brayden Graves
–1st Lacey Harrison
–1st Place Brenden Kelleher
–2nd Place Carson Phillips
–3rd Place Nathan Kelleher
3rd-6th Grade Girls
–1st Place Carlee Scheurer