Music Project

Where Words Fail... Music Speaks

The Alzheimer Society Music Project was created in response to overwhelming evidence showing the beneficial effects of music and stimulation on people living with dementia. 

Studies across the world have shown the overwhelming effects of music on the brain, in both healthy people and those experiencing neurological changes. Music has been shown to not only decrease stress levels and anxiety in healthy brains, but also in those showing signs of dementia. Music can also contribute to increased brain function, memory recall and other benefits – allowing those living with dementia to rediscover the world around them. 

The Music Project provides an iPod with a personalized playlist created by our staff and volunteers, to an individual living with dementia. The iPod is free of charge, and theirs to keep, listen to, and use to share moments with their family members and friends – helping them to live their best day. 

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Project, please click here

If you would like to donate an iPod or MP3 player, iTunes Gift Card, or if you would like to volunteer with the Music Project, please click here. 

To be eligible to receive an iPod package a person must:

  • be a registered client/care partner of Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington 
  • be willing to answer questions about music preferences assessment (client or care partner)
  • reside in Waterloo Wellington region (long-term care/retirements residents are eligible

If you or somebody you know would benefit from an iPod, click here to apply.


All donations to the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington Music Project are appreciated, and will go towards providing an iPod package free of charge to persons living with dementia. 

  • $150 provides an iPod package – including iPod and headphones, ongoing support and an iTunes store credit.
  • $65 provides an iPod shuffle package – including iPod and headphones, ongoing support and an iTunes store credit.
  • $25 will provide iTunes Gift Cards for participating individuals 


Learn more about the power of music to help improve the quality of life for people with dementia:

Frequently Asked Questions

Alive Inside Documentary

Spirit Unforgettable

Science behind the Music Project


Thank You to Our Generous Supporters! We Couldn't Do It Without You! 

  • Faith Cook, In Memory of her husband Frank
  • The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation Emmerton Fund Alzheimer 

For more information on donating to the Music Project, registering for the Music Project, or on Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias, please Contact Us!




Last Updated: 11/16/2017