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Music and Memory Program
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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.


The Heart of America Chapter is currently seeking new or gently used iPod Shuffles, 4th generation or newer, as well as iPod chargers, iTunes gift cards, and music CDs (original only - no copies, please). 

Call 913.831.3888 for more information on how to enroll in the Music and Memory program or host an iPod drive or fundraising event.


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