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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.

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My own musical memories? I’m a Motown girl.


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2 Responses to Recycle that iPod — Please!

  1. Kathy says:

    Great idea, but what do I need to do to prepare an iPod for recycling? Could you go through the steps I need to take so that it is no longer connected to me and free to be set up by somone else as their own. Thanks.

  2. Mike Perry says:

    Some might want to consider another option for that old iPod, iPhone or iPad.

    When I was a kid, not having much money meant wearing less stylish clothing. Today, it’s tough to be a teen or the parent of a teen because adolescent culture often looks down on those who can’t afford the perks that more well-to-do parents routinely provide, particularly digital gadgetry.

    That iDevice that you no longer need might make that teen feel better about their strained circumstances. And if what you give is an iPhone, you might jail-break and unlock it, so they can get less pricey phone service.

    Never forget how tough it is to be a teen. I haven’t.

    –Michael W. Perry, author of Hospital Gowns and Other Embarrassments: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Hospital Care