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.


Alzheimer’s is a heartbreaking disease, and it is such a relief to be able to penetrate the darkness with the joy that music brings.

Music Recipient

Music is big in our home and to be able to bring music to my dad now that he’s in long-term care means a lot to me and to him.

Care Partner

My mother is held hostage in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and her most responsive moments occur when she has her headphones on and is listening to the music of her time.

Music Recipient

What a lovely beautiful surprise. I thought I won the lottery! How did you find out all the songs and singers in my time? I love it. Happiest moment of my life.

Music Recipient

Whenever my dad listens to a particular song, all the memories connected with that song seem to come flooding back. He remembers dancing with my mother, whom he never usually speaks about.

Music Project Participant

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