The Music and Memory program (recently featured in the movie Alive Inside you can watch the trailer here) commenced in the Heart of America Chapter in the summer of 2014. Following the successful national implementation in New York, this program highlights, and utilizes, the power of music. Because music is stored in many areas of the brain and is a basic part of what makes us human, using music associated with personal memories helps reach and engage the person with dementia even as memory fails. Using personalized music can help to decrease the instance of difficult behaviors, connect with loved ones at any stage of the disease, improve communication, and increase overall quality of life.
The program, is available to individuals with Alzheimer's or another dementia living at home or in a long term care facility in any of the 66 counties served by the Heart of America Chapter. Chapter staff will meet with individuals and their family member or caregiver to learn about special music and music preferences in order to create individual playlists which will then be transferred to an iPod for individual use.
We greatly appreciate donations of new or gently used iPods (and the accompanying cords and charger if possible), iTunes gift cards, iPod chargers and cords, and music CDs (original only - no copies, please). If you would like to donate a new iPod, we are most interested in the iPod Shuffle available for $49. Financial contributions to the program are also much appreciated and allow us to purchase equipment and music.
Call 913.831.3888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to enroll a person in the program or how to volunteer to host an iPod drive or fundraising event.