I came across a promo for a very interesting group a few days ago. Music & Memory is a non-profit organization involved with training and assisting nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers in using music to help those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music triggered memories.
Started by one man in 2006, Music & Memory is now involved with more than 60 facilities across the United States and Canada, including 2 here in my home state of Michigan. If you have a gently used iPod that has been replaced with a newer model, consider donating it. Have an extra $49 (or more) in your pocket? Let them use it to buy a new iPod shuffle. It’s tax deductible, but better yet, you might help someone reconnect with old memories and bring them some peace. Sometimes it’s the simple things that do the most good. Think of your own memories triggered by that song you haven’t heard since you were 16.
My own musical memories? I’m a Motown girl.