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Music and Memory Program for Hospice and Dementia

Suzanne Hughes
San Carlos · CA
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

Music and Memory is a truly life changing program for those with Dementia and Terminal Illness. It is so simple. Create a customized play list for people and watch them come alive again. Music hits a different part of the brain allowing an opening into people who have been vegetative and isolated. We pair up patients with high school students who are experts in technology and create companionship and playlist. We find this combo to be magical.

How will you use the $10k?

That is easy! The program costs around 100.00 per participant. I can create customized iPods for 100 people with this money. It would be incredibly powerful. We have facilities lined up who want the program but simply do not have the budget.

What impact do you hope to make?

People with dementia or terminal illness are usually not visible to us. The live in isolation, behind locked doors. This program helps the the forgotten feel loved and cared for. The music opens them up and unlocks memories and feelings from better times. It is a beautiful program and brings dignity to people who have lost their connection to society

Other Details

We had a free screening of "Alive Inside", and award winning documentary on the program at the library last week and we are training facilities and volunteers this week. We are rolling the program out August 1st and hoping to get funding to involve more facilities in Fall

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