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The Healing Power of Music

Dementia Care: Insights from Roderick Warren of Wexford Place

Article by Hilary Tichota

Photography by The Night of Hope

In the world of senior care and dementia support, innovative approaches to enhance the quality of life for residents have become increasingly important. In this episode of "Bringing Hope to Alzheimer's," host Anne Frazier sits down with Roderick Warren, the Assistant Executive Director of Wexford Place, a senior living community located in the Northland. Roderick sheds light on the services offered at Wexford Place, particularly in memory care, and how they're using music to create meaningful connections with their residents.

Wexford Place: A Senior Living Community for All Stages of Life

Wexford Place, nestled in the Northland, offers a comprehensive range of care options for seniors, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Support. While Roderick Warren has been with the company for two years, Wexford Place has a long history. Its Independent Living building has been serving seniors since the 1990s, and in 2016, it expanded to include Memory Support and Assisted Living, providing a continuum of care for its residents.

A Growing Need for Memory Care

Over the years, the need for memory care has grown significantly. Roderick notes that the transition from Independent Living to Assisted Living and, ultimately, Memory Support is a natural progression for many residents. Recently, the demand for these services has surged, with Assisted Living consistently at or near full capacity and Memory Support experiencing a high level of interest. This underscores the vital role Wexford Place plays in addressing the evolving needs of seniors in their community.

Evolution of Memory Care at Wexford Place

Wexford Place stands out for its unique approach to Memory Care. Unlike conventional memory care communities where residents often remain disengaged, Wexford Place fosters an environment that encourages socialization, engagement, and purposeful activities.

One standout program at Wexford Place is "Music and Memory." This program was inspired by a documentary from 2014 that highlighted the profound connection between music and memories. The research conducted revealed that music could reach the depths of a person's soul in ways that medication often cannot. As part of this initiative, Wexford Place provides iPads for families to create personalized playlists for their loved ones. These playlists, when played on devices like Alexa, assist residents in their daily routines, enhancing their quality of life.

The Night of Hope Gala: Making a Difference in the Community

Roderick Warren also shares Wexford Place's involvement in the "Night of Hope Gala," an event benefiting the Alzheimer's Association and Anne Frazier's 501(c)(3) organization. Wexford Place, a corporate sponsor of the gala, believes in the power of collective efforts to make a positive impact. Roderick reflects on his experience attending the gala last year, emphasizing the importance of networking and the event's use of technology.

As a corporate sponsor this year, Wexford Place will have the opportunity to attend a special VIP happy hour, where they can connect with like-minded organizations committed to serving seniors and those affected by Alzheimer's and dementia in Kansas City.


The conversation with Roderick Warren reveals the dedication of Wexford Place to enhancing the lives of seniors and those with dementia through innovative programs like "Music and Memory." It also highlights the importance of community involvement and partnerships to support families and individuals affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. To learn more about Wexford Place and its commitment to senior care, please visit the link provided below.

By prioritizing engagement, creativity, and holistic care, Wexford Place is truly bringing hope to Alzheimer's, one resident at a time.

Senior Star at Wexford Place

6500 N Cosby Avenue, Kansas City MO 64151


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