This program focuses on delivering personalized music to patients with moderate to severe dementia. Volunteers create a personalized playlist, identified by each patient’s family members as significant in the patient’s life, load this playlist onto an ipod, and share with the patient using headphones.

Inspired by the documentary "Alive Inside", which describes a music program focused on delivering personalized music to patients with moderate to severe dementia, the Volunteer Department at Hospice East Bay became a certified member of the Music and Memory Foundation in order to bring this program to our patients.

Early results have been phenomenal. Volunteers describe their patients as flashing a "spark of joy," smiling, trying to sing, tearing up, mouthing "thank you," and tapping to the beat. In their visit evaluations, volunteers express that patients are more engaged and responsive; make eye contact and relax their faces.