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Friday, March 27, 2015

Got an old iPod you don't need anymore? Donate it to help elders and folks suffering from memory loss.

Check out the Music and Memory program at musicandmemory.org.

You can either donate it to these folks or do a personal donation to someone you know who seems lost and unresponsive. If you are doing it yourself, get a set of earphones, too.

Ask them what their favorite song is/was.  Start there then try to build a little library that is personalized to this person.  That's the key. It has to be their musical choices.

When you put the earphones on someone who is lost and no longer communicating, play their favorite tune and see what kind of response you get.  I hear it's amazing.  The music uses a part of the brain that is that last to go and so connects to memories thought long gone.