Founded in 1978, the Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.


A world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.


To offer support, information and education to people affected by dementia, to increase public awareness of dementia, to promote research, and to advocate for services that respect the dignity of the individual.


The mission of the Alzheimer Society is to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and to promote research.


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.

Through the Music Project, personalized playlists are provided to support a person living with dementia and improve their quality of life at no cost to eligible families.

Project Participants Receive: One iPod & charging accessory, One set of over-the-ear headphones and free music setup.


What does it cost to participate in this Project?

There is no cost to approved individuals.

Is there a time limit with the iPods?

No. Should the recipient no longer need/want the iPod, we ask that you return it to your local Society.

Can I use one iPod for multiple people?

No. The goal of the Project is to delivery person-appropriate, not age-appropriate music. Each iPod is tailored for individual use.

Would someone qualify if they don't have a diagnosis of dementia?

Unfortunately, no. We are currently only able to provide iPods to individuals with a diagnosis of dementia.

What is the turnaround time for iPod receipt?

Typically 4-6 weeks. This may increase/decrease with demand.

Are you able to provide language-specific or culturally-specific music?

Yes. We purchase the music from iTunes – an online music database with the ability to accommodate language-specific requests.

Does the Alzheimer Society load the music for me?

Yes. Unless otherwise indicated, we load each iPod specific to the requests made at time of application

What level of participation is required from the individual with dementia?

There are virtually no requirements from the iPod recipient. Dependent upon ability to communicate, all registration and follow-up can be completed with a family member/health-care professional. Where possible, it is best to allow the iPod recipient to provide feedback for selection of music.

How do I select the music?

In cases where the iPod  recipient is unable to indicate musical preferences- many family members and friends are aware of the recipient’s general music preferences. Life experiences and age can influence music preferences. Playing snippets of music to gauge reactions is another way to determine listening preferences.

How many songs are on the iPod?

On average, a completed iPod will have 150-200 songs. The iPod can hold approximately 300 songs.

Can the iPod recipient use an iPod if he or she has a hearing aid?

Yes, we provide over the ear headphones, in most cases individuals are able to use these with comfort.