The iPod Project:

Watch what happens when seniors with dementia receive the gift of music.

Dan Cohen likes to listen to the music of his time, the 60s, anytime he wants. Thinking others might feel the same way, he began personalizing music for residents in NYC nursing homes back in 2006. Those playlists became the prototype for the Music & Memory Project, a non-profit foundation dedicated to bringing the healing power of music to isolated seniors.

Cohen’s vision of personalized therapeutic music is advancing westward across Canada, one seniors’ residence at a time.

New Brunswick’s Institute on Aging introduced Music & Memory as a pilot project with three seniors’ residences in Canada’s Maritimes.

Now the Alzheimers Society of Toronto is on board with plans to distribute 10,000 iPods to seniors in residences by 2016, according to a recent report by CBC’s Jennifer Van Evra. Here’s the link to Jennifer’s story:

So far, Vancouver has the movie.

Alive Inside, a documentary about the extraordinary benefits programs like “the iPod Project” bring to people deep in the isolation of dementia, is playing at Vancity Theatre from August 8 through 14, 2014.

For information about showtimes and tickets for Alive Inside, here’s the Vancity link: