Music And Memory

iPods for Alzheimer’s

Favorite music can stimulate deep emotional recall, even for those in the advanced stages of dementia. In nursing homes and in-home settings, personalized music has been shown to improve mood, increase physical activity and even reduce the use of antipsychotic medications.

SIU Medicine’s music for memory program is based on the work of Dan Cohen and his not-for-profit, Music & Memory (  SIU Medicine’s program provides iPods (donated or new) and services to load the iPod with music specifically chosen for the individual. 

For information on the benefits of personalized music for those with memory loss:

  • Watch “Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory,” the award-winning documentary on Music and Memory founder Dan Cohen and the use of personalized music for persons with dementia and those in nursing care.  It's available on DVD and Netflix -- a wonderful movie!
  • Visit the Music and Memory website.

Participation: Persons with memory loss and their caregivers are welcome to make self-referrals to the Music for Memory program.

Funding: SIU Medicine provides the staff for the program but private donations fund all iPods and music purchases. There is no cost to the patients or families.  We are currently accepting iPod donations.

Contact:  the Program Coordinator at 217.545.7204,