Tunes for Alzheimer's Patients (TAP) Program

collecting old, used and new iPods, iTunes gift cards, headphones, and  iPod chargers, adapter cords, power accessories at UCLA, Los Angeles, Southern California.

The Easton Center is accepting donations of iPods, iTunes gift cards, headphones, iPod charger cords, and monetary donations as part of a new program to help institutionalized patients with severe dementia. Donated items will be distributed to Music & Memory℠ Certified Care Facilities in Los Angeles County who are serving people in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease. Click to download the TAP Program brochure.

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 digital music systems 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;

How Can You Help?

    1. Donate your lightly used, or new iPod
      *If your iPod is not in working order, the iPod Surgeon ( has agreed to provide pro bono services so that it can be used.

    2. Donate iTunes gift cards

    3. Donate headphones, and iPod charger cords

    4. Make a monetary donation. Your monetary donation will help purchase iPods and iTunes gift cards, repair used devices, and train staff at institutions providing care to Alzheimer's patients to properly design and implement individualized music sessions in persons with dementia.

      Please make checks payable to:
      UCLA Foundation

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 to: Tunes for Alzheimer's Patients Program
UCLA Easton Center
10911 Weyburn Ave., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7226

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, 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.