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iPod Project

About the program

"(music) gives me a feeling of love, romance....beautiful, lovely...I feel a band of love, of dreams" Henry, Alive Inside documentary

iPod Project lady with headphonesLiving with dementia can trigger a range of emotional responses which may seem out of character for an individual. One of the things we can do to alleviate these feelings is offer personalized music. There is a growing body of evidence showing that music can be used to help connect with and engage a person living with dementia. Music and Memory iPod project aims to provide the means and opportunity for a person living with dementia to experience the benefits of listening to well loved, meaningful music.

"People who are pretty much immobile become more physically active.  People who are not talking become much more talkative. People who are depressed become happier" Dan Cohen, Founder, musicandmemory.org


Through consultation with the participant and/or their caregiver, a personalized playlist is created and loaded onto an iPod shuffle. Shuffles will be loaned out for an initial 3 month period with an optional extension. 

Blue iPod ShuffleTo be eligible, a participant must: have a diagnosis of dementia, live in your own home in Durham Region, participate in a musical preference interview, agree to provide feedback on two separate occasions. 

Eligible participants will receive: one iPod shuffle loaded with a personalized playlist, a set of headphones, one USB cable and wall charger, one troubleshooting tip sheet. 

Contact us today at 905-576-2567 or e-mail information@alzheimerdurham.com. You can download a full copy of our iPod Project brochure here.

We graciously accept donations of: new and gently used iPod shuffles, iTunes gift cards, financial contributions, CDs (on a selective basis), wall chargers, USB cables


Music and Memory Resources and Research

Music and Memory Logo

Singing beneficial for memory and mood

Alzheimer’s Association: Music, Art and Alzheimer’s 

Music and Dementia by Nancy Darling 

musicandmemory.org >>American not for profit organization dedicated to bringing iPods with personalized music to people with dementia living in long term care homes. Provides downloadable Resource Guides and web based certification training for organizations.

Room 217 Foundation >>Canadian not for profit dedicated to caring for the whole person through music. A trusted source of therapeutic music products and music care education and delivery.

Science Behind the Alzheimer Society of Toronto iPod Project

Singing and People with Dementia Evidence Guide published by Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, Research Centre for Arts and Health

Society for the Arts in Dementia Care. >>Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to disseminating knowledge that focuses on improving the quality of lives of older adults and of seniors living with dementia, using the visual and performing arts. 

Video links

Alive Inside 

Alzheimer Society Canada the Power of Music


Last Updated: 01/26/17
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