Music & Memory plus iPads for Assisted Living

The grant will implement Music & MemorySM in six Wisconsin based Assisted Living Communities (ALCs). Music & MemorySM uses iPod technology to provide customized play lists for individuals with dementia. In addition to the use of iPods, iPads will be introduced and evaluated in each of the six ALCs. An evaluation of the initiative will examine the impact of iPod and iPad technology on resident agitation and quality of life and the use of antipsychotic medications. Findings from this pilot study will potentially be utilized to seek additional funding to expand the implementation of Music & MemorySM in Wisconsin Assisted Living Communities.

Project Duration: 11/1/2015 through 10/31/2016

Primary Personnel

Principal Investigator: James H. Ford II
Co-Investigator: Susan Nordman-Oliveira

Sponsoring Agency

Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living (WCCEAL)

Funding Source

Park Family Foundation


American Society on Aging - 2017 Aging in America Conference - Chicago, IL
Quantifying the Positive Effects of Music & Memory and iPads for Dementia Care