About the Music Project

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.

About the Alzheimer Society

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.


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.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about the Music Project? Look below at our FAQs.


What do participants receive through the Alzheimer Society Music Project?

Participants or Music Recipients receive an MP3 player pre-loaded with a personalized music playlist, over-the-ear headphones, a charging cable and a wall charger.

How does listening to personalized music benefit people living with dementia?

A growing body of research has demonstrated the beneficial effects of listening to personalized music for people living with dementia, including improvements in mood, cognition, and overall quality of life. Attend one of our informational webinars to learn more here.


What are the participation criteria for the Alzheimer Society Music Project?

The Music Recipient must be a person living with dementia, and either the Music Recipient or their family member must reside in Ontario.

What does it cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate in the Alzheimer Society Music Project.

Is participation in the Alzheimer Society Music Project appropriate only for people in the early stages of dementia?

The Alzheimer Society Music Project has been shown to be beneficial in every stage of dementia and we encourage everyone to apply.

Can Music Recipients use an MP3 player if they have hearing aids?

Yes. We provide over-the-ear headphones and in most cases individuals with hearing aids are able to use these with comfort.

What level of participation is required from family members and caregivers?

Family members and caregivers may be required to assist the Music Recipient with the day-to-day operation of the music player. This might include charging the music player, turning it on and off, and adjusting the volume and headphones. The Alzheimer Society Music Project team is available to provide family members and caregivers with ongoing support on operating the music player.

How long can a participant keep the music player?

Once a music player is issued to a Music Recipient, it is theirs to keep for as long as they want. We do request that participants return music players when no longer in use.

What happens if a music player or accessory is lost or damaged?

If a music player or accessory is no longer working or is misplaced, there is no charge to participants and we encourage you to contact us for assistance.

I’m a healthcare practitioner interested in making referrals to the program. How can I go about doing that?

Please complete the Referral Partner Registration form at this link and we will contact you to schedule an orientation.


How does the music selection process work?

Music Selection is completed within the application here. It includes the Music Recipient’s favourite songs, artists, and genres.

If a Music Recipient is unable to indicate their music preferences, family members and friends may be aware of the Music Recipient’s musical interests. Life experiences, cultural background, and age can also provide guidance for this process. Playing snippets of music to gauge reactions is another way to determine music preferences.

The Alzheimer Society Music Project has created a guided questionnaire available here to assist with identifying the Music Recipient’s favourite music.

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

Yes! We have a large library of music that is continuously expanding to include soundtracks from all genres, decades, cultures, and languages to serve our diverse population. To see some of the options we have available click here.

How many songs can be loaded on the music player?

Hundreds of songs can be loaded onto the music player. However, we recommend choosing only the most meaningful music for the Music Recipient in order to experience listening to a personalized music playlist.

Will the Alzheimer Society Music Project load the music for me?

Yes. Unless an applicant indicates they want to load their own music at home, we load each MP3 player with the music requested at the time of application.

Can music be changed after getting a music player?

Yes! Contact us here and we will help you with updating the music.