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Respite for caregivers Music Program

As a first step towards acceptance of the changes in my husband [after his diagnosis] I made a phone call to the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary to sign up for a course. After explaining my intent, and before anything else was said, the person on the other end of the phone asked, “How are you doing?” So unexpected, so sincere, so compassionate, so moving. We chatted for a long time.

- A person who reached out to us

I hope others will understand it's OK to hurt. I am so grateful to you all for the support you have given our family through the years.

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Make a difference with your old iPod

Music has the unique ability to transport us and capture moments in time. That song comes on and suddenly you can hear the swish of your dress on your wedding day, the scent of your new baby, or the view from the top of the Ferris wheel.

Music is a powerful medium that has a tremendous impact on our lives and particularly for those living with dementia. The Alzheimer Society of Calgary is thrilled to introduce music to the Club 36 Adult Day program. This program will provide personalized music for members of Club.

Research shows, music can help stimulate memories in people living with dementia. The program will enable the members to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories. 

The staff at the Alzheimer Society of Calgary has completed training for the music program from the non-profit organization Music & Memory. Over the coming months, Club 36 will begin to implement the program.

To see the music program in action, check out this preview from the documentary Alive Inside:

How you can help?

The Alzheimer Society of Calgary is collecting gently used iPods, iTunes gift cards, as well as donations to go towards the purchase of iPods and music. 

Donate online here

iPods can be dropped off at the Alzheimer Society of Calgary office (Suite 800-7015 MacLeod Trail SW).  

Your contribution makes a meaningful and measurable impact. By supporting us, you enable local people impacted by dementia to live life well. Thank you so much.

Your contribution makes a meaningful and measurable impact.

Your gift creates meaningful, concrete and tangible life changes for impacted families in Calgary and surrounding area. Thank you very much.

The Alzheimer’s Society has been a great resource for our family on this journey through the disease with my Dad.