The Easton Center is accepting donations of iPods, MP3 players, iTunes gift cards, headphones, and iPod/MP3 accessories as part of a new program to help institutionalized patients with severe dementia. Donated items will be distributed to certified elder care facilities in Los Angeles County who are serving people in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease.
The progressive nature of Alzheimer's disease (AD) invariably results in cognitive deterioration that ultimately results in patient's complete dependence on others for care. For many patients, this leads to placement in nursing home facilities where limited individual attention is possible.
Patients with severe Alzheimer's disease may respond to music, eliciting memories and socialization. Utilizing iPods and other MP3 players permits an individualized approach to music therapy for severely demented patients through creation of playlists of music popular during their youth.
This program was developed upon learning of the work of Dan Cohen and colleagues in New York (NPR story; www.MusicandMemory.org)
How Can You Help?
- Donate your lightly used, or new iPod or MP3 player
*If your iPod is not in working order, the iPod Surgeon (www.ipodrepairclinic.com) has agreed to provide pro bono services so that it can be used.
- Donate iTunes gift cards
- Donate headphones, and iPod/MP3 accessories
Where can you send your donation?
|Mail:||UCLA Easton Center
Tunes for Alzheimer's Patients
10911 Weyburn Ave., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90095