Personalized Music for People Living with Dementia
The Alzheimer Society Music Project reconnects people with the soundtrack of their lives by providing MP3 players loaded with personalized music to people living with dementia.
Listening to personalized music can be a powerful activity for those with dementia: music has the potential to increase physical and social activity; reignite older memories; and improve sleep, mood, cognition, communication, and overall quality of life.
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.