Silver Bay program connects to vets via music

Residents in Silver Bay’s Minnesota Veterans Home will have a little more music in their lives thanks to a donation from the American Red Cross. The veterans home received a donation of 15 MP3 players and headphone sets as well as several iTunes cards to support their music and memory program.

“It’s amazing how much of a difference music can make,” said recreational therapist Meghan Cavallin. “If they’re having a bad day, they can slip on the headphones and you’ll see their expression just change. It helps them deal with everything from noise to pain.”

Cavallin and music therapist Martha Chateleine have been leading the program for about four years now. The program is focused on providing music for primarily memory care unit residents, as Cavallin said music can be something that remains ingrained in a person’s memory.

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