Music & Memory

Established in January 2014, Jewish Family Service's Music & Memory Program is the first of its kind in Utah. It is an innovative and effective tool that provides personalized music playlists to seniors suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The music engages the mind and enables these individuals to reconnect with the world and those around them through music-triggered memories.

It is a partnership with the non-profit Music & Memory, as featured in the documentary film "Alive Inside," the Audience Award winner for Best U.S. Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

JFS's Music & Memory program is unique because it is community-based. This therapeutic approach is being utilized in participants’ homes rather than in nursing facilities. The program furthers our mission of aiding independent, healthy, and safe aging in the home.  

"Thanks for doing this project. My mother is 92 and I put music on for her and she did seem to spark alive... What an amazing insight into previously locked depths!" — J.

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Want to help?

JFS needs donations of new and used iPods, chargers, and iTunes gift cards. To donate, volunteer, or inquire how this program can benefit your loved one, contact Music & Memory Coordinator Rosemary Quatrale at JFS at 801.746.4334 or . For further information, also visit the Music & Memory Utah Coalition.

"I had the chance to visit with S. and to try out the iPod. He really seemed to enjoy listening to the music. He was humming and singing along... Thanks so much to you and your staff! I really appreciate it. And love the thought that S. might be comforted and receive some joy from the music - and the memories." — R.