Music Improves Behavior and Memory in Alzheimer’s Patients


The UCLA Tunes for Alzheimer’s Patients program provides music to residents of nursing homes to improve memory and behavior, such as depression, apathy, agitation frustration, poor eating, and difficulty sleeping.   This program is a collaboration between the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA and a national nonprofit organization, Music & Memory.

The program seeks donations of ipods and mp3 players, itunes gift cards, headphones, and other audio-related equipment..

Click here to read the UCLA Vital Signs publication on the Tunes for Alzheimer’s Patients program in which Joshua Grill, PhD (assistant professor of neurology and director of the Katherine and Benjamin Kagan Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Development Program at UCLA’s Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research) shares what is known about the therapeutic benefits of music or patients with forms of dementia.

Click here to view the companion video that features an interview with Dr. Grill, some patients and their partners.

Click here to view a video clip of a man with Alzheimer’s who becomes verbally responsive upon hearing his favorite music on an ipod. This clip is from the documentary film, Alive inside.