MUSIC HAS THE POWER TO REIGNITE MEMORIES
Music has the power to stimulate and move us. And fortunately for those living with dementia, music has the power to make them feel alive, happy and to reignite old memories.
The approach of the Alzheimer Society Music Project is simple: reconnect people with the “soundtrack of their life” by providing MP3 players pre-loaded with music personalized to the recipient.
Best of all — this program is available at no cost to approved families within participating areas in Canada.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Alzheimer Society Music Program is a free service available to people with dementia living in Canada. Simply fill out our application form and, upon approval, you’ll receive a free iPod preloaded with music personalized to the recipient as well as free iPod accessories like a power cable and over-the-ear headphones.
I am a total advocate for the Project. There are times that my father doesn’t know who any of us are but when he has his music he comes back every once in a while. It’s made things more bearable for me and my mother and sister, so truly, thank you for this Program.
Daughter of father with dementia
I have just spent the past few hours with a recipient of one of your iPods and it was so nice to see him smile and use his good arm to do a little dancing. The unit staff were also excited and they engaged with him around the music and the iPod. Your program is amazing.
Behavioural Support Specialist
My wife and I mostly now celebrate moments in time – brief snippets of lucidity and hits of familiarity and recognition. I know for certain that music is this magical refuge where my wife and I find solace: a place where she seems to be carefree.