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New Life for an Old Device: How Outdated iPods are Helping People With Alzheimer’s

In the age of touchscreens and tablets, the simplistic iPod Shuffle has become obsolete for most music enthusiasts. But not for Alzheimer’s patients. As this debilitating disease takes over the brain, the area that stores music remains largely unaffected. Enter the humble iPod Shuffle. Every day, clients like Gloria use this tiny gadget to listen to songs that unlock memories and ease the challenging behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Take a look at how our Music & Memory program makes a big difference for people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Want to give your iPod Shuffle (or any other MP3 device) a second life? Donate it to our Music & Memory program!

Contact Rachel Lehnert at: [email protected]

Or drop it off at the front desk:

Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus
Turk Family Center
Community Services Building
8804 & 8788 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123

Have questions? Learn more about our Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative.


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