Music iPod Program

Living with dementia may affect a person's mood and emotions.  When we are not feeling physically or emotionally well, we may react in ways that seem out of character.  There are many things we can do to help alleviate these feelings - one of them is using music!

The evidence is mounting that music can be used to help connect with and engage a person living with dementia.  Music has been shown to affect a person's mood, help improve communication, and contribute to feelings of wellness and relaxation.

Music can help us connect with each other!

Each person's response to music is unique.  There are many factors to take into consideration (e.g. the type of music enjoyed, his or her favourite songs) that make the simple act of listening to music a successful activity.

The Music iPod Program intends to provide the means and opportunity for a person living with dementia to experience the benefits of a musical intervention so that he or she may enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

Through consultation with the participant and/or family, a personalized playlist will be created and supplied to the person for use on an iPod Shuffle.  Shuffles will be loaned out for a period of three months, with an option to renew.


To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • have a diagnosis of dementia
  • live in Muskoka
  • participate in a music preference interview
  • agree to provide feedback on two separate occasions

All eligible participants for the loan program will receive:

  • one iPod Shuffle loaded with a personalized playlist
  • a set of over-the-ear headphones and in-ear headphones
  • one USB cable and wall charger
  • one troubleshooting tip sheet and ongoing technical support

Contact us if you would like to enroll in the Music iPod Program.

Do you have an iPod and want to do this yourself?  Check out our 'How-To' Section.


Last Updated: 11/08/2017