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Tunes for Alzheimer's Patients

collecting old, used and new iPod, MP3 players, iTunes gift cards, headphones, and  iPod/MP3 accessories at UCLA, Los Angeles, Southern California.

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?

    1. 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.

    2. Donate iTunes gift cards

    3. Donate headphones, and iPod/MP3 accessories

Tax Deduction Information: Your donation is tax deductible. If you would like to receive a tax deduction, please contact Nancy Osuch via phone (310) 794-3659 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Where can you send your donation?


Mail: UCLA Easton Center
Tunes for Alzheimer's Patients
10911 Weyburn Ave., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90095

For additional information, please contact Nancy Osuch via phone (310) 794-3659 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Participating facilities:
Pacifica Senior Living, Northridge

To participate in the program, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA has established a program through which iPods, MP3 players, headphones and other accessories are distributed to residents at a number of nursing homes and assisted living facilities as a public service to the community. The provision of these devices is not and should not be construed as an endorsement, recommendation, or certification of the recipient facilities or the services they provide.