Music & Memory Tuscaloosa, a student-driven Alzheimer’s advocacy group at the University of Alabama, will be collecting gently used IPods at the Ferguson Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The group helps brings personalized music into the lives of Alzheimer’s patients, who, through their favorite music, have shown tremendous recall, according to research cited by the national chapter, musicandmemory.org.
Students are also raising money to help Capstone Village become the first certified Music & Memory nursing home in Tuscaloosa. More information about the group can be found here.
"Alzheimer's runs in my family and I've seen my loved ones suffer from the disease before my very eyes,” said Sarah Beth Loper, UA junior and chapter president. "One thing that never failed was their love for music. Both of my great-grandparents had Alzheimer's and dementia, and even though they couldn't remember anybody's name or face, they could remember every word to the hymns that they sang in church. And I would watch them smile as though they came back to life. I wanted to take care of people like my great-grandparents and bring joy back to those who might've forgotten what it’s like to feel joy.”
Roughly 20 students are involved in the organization, which is also accepting ITunes gift cards. The group will host a donation drive next semester, too.