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Music Prescription 4Life

we put the person in personalized music

Many music programs are built on generic music offerings that are era or genre-based. This approach falls short of the benefits realized from personalized music. Music that holds personal meaning to the individual has established a higher standard.  

There’s only one way to create a quality, personalized music playlist.  One-to-one. Our music stores our life experiences, our story, how we live and love. No other approach compares. 

Personalized music's benefits are supported by evidence-based research for individuals with many different challenges and diagnoses including:

  • Cognitive, Mental, Developmental or Physical Challenges

  • Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington's Disease, Parkinson's Disease

  • Delirium, Stroke, Depression, Chronic Pain, Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism

  • Cancer, Kidney Failure and More


"Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music!"
                   - George Eliot

Care professionals, researchers, educators, students, community organizations, dementia organizations and family caregivers have discovered personalized music as an innovative and valuable tool that can be used strategically as an effective alternative to pharmacological interventions, traditional medical treatments and approaches to care.

What Populations Use the Program?

  • In-Home

  • Hospitals

  • Rehabilitation Therapy Centers

  • Assisted Living

  • Skilled Care (Nursin Homes)

  • Treatment Centers

  • Behavioral Health

  • Palliative Care

  • Hospice

  • Senior Centers

  • Houses of Worship

  • Area Agencies on Aging

  • Memory Care

  • PACE Programs

  • Dementia Support Orgs

  • Adult Day Centers

  • Psych Care

How to Bring

the Music

We train professional care and community organizations to conduct music assessments and to find the right music for the individuals they serve and care for.

Two Training Options:

  • On-Site Workshop or

  • Via Live Webinars

How is Personalized Music Utilized?

  • Aging in Place

  • Reducing hospitalizations /need for acute care

  • Transition tool to decrease transition trauma

  • Positive mood and social engagement

  • Delirium reduction – help individuals remain “present” and in touch with their environment

  • Pain reduction and pain perception reduced

  • Calmer and supportive environment

  • Enhanced communication

  • Vocational rehab implications w/ IDD population

  • Greater participation in activities / therapies (OT, PT and Speech)

  • Relationships deepen

  • Family and professional caregiver confidence

  • Caregiver stress decreases

  • Improved nutrition and enhanced swallowing

  • At-home family caregivers / care professionals regain valuable time

  • Family caregiver respite

Training includes the resources you need to build out and sustain your program.


To find out more...

Our Music Presciption 4Life Program

is Administered by

Deborah Ferris

Thriving4Life's Founder & CEO



Deborah is the Founder & CEO of Thriving4Life,   Inc. Her work in health and elder care is impassioned by her mother's 16-year Alzheimer's journey. As the key management leader of Thriving4Life, Inc., a nonprofit organization, Deborah is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization.  Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, information technology and community outreach. 


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She is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer and Certified Dementia Practitioner® licensed through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners®. Deborah is a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional® licensed through the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners® as well as a Second Wind Dreams® Virtual Dementia Tour® Certified Trainer.


Deborah spent six years managing 9 states as the Music & Memory® Southeastern U.S. Regional Director promoting awareness of the therapeutic impact of personalized music. She created the foundation for the Music & Memory program’s preparation and implementation training and guides, resources provided in program certification training and implementation, web-based trainings, an extensive Power Point slide library, and more. Her manualized program implementation steps helped facilitate a grant award by the National Institutes of Health.

She acted as a consultant for corporate and state-wide grant initiatives for broad-based funding and program roll-out. Her work engaging and supporting health care professionals, community organizations, Alzheimer’s support entities, and at-home family caregivers in providing a personalized music program to the individuals they serve has yielded positive results, benefits and improved outcomes for countless individuals, family members and caregivers.

Her career has also included Non-Profit Organizations, Elder Care Environments, and the following Corporate Environments: Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Insurance, Accounting, Brokerage and the Commodity Market.

Learn more about Deborah’s inspiration and passion for serving others in health and elder care.  Go to the "Thriving4Life Story" under the About tab.

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Each element and music offering is unique and beneficial. None is a replacement for the other.

Together, they provide
a well-rounded and inclusive music program.

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