iPod for Memories

Music and memory are deeply linked. 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.

The iPod for Memories program was created in response to evidence showing the beneficial effects of music and stimulation on people living with dementia. The program allows for the 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.  For people with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, music - particularly music that has significant personal meaning - can be an effective therapeutic tool. Music calms anxiety, triggers lost memories and stimulates communication. 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.


To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • have a diagnosis of dementia
  • live in Perth County
  • participate in a music preference interview

All eligible participants for the iPod for Memories program will receive:

  • one iPod Shuffle loaded with a personalized playlist
  • a set of over-the-ear headphones
  • one USB cable charger
  • One-on-one training on the operation of the iPod shuffle


Contact us if you or someone you know would like to enroll for the iPods for Memories program.

For more information on how to donate your new or gently used iPod or iTunes gift card click here or contact the office by email or phone at 519-271-1910.

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

Music can help us connect with each other!

Last Updated: 11/08/2017