PLYMOUTH — Old Colony Elder Services has announced a new pilot program for family caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, called Music & Memory.

OCES is now certified as a provider of Music & Memory personalized music program. Music & Memory was created by a nonprofit organization that has conducted extensive research about the benefits of music. It has demonstrated that individualized playlists enhance the music experience for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia even more.

OCES’ Family Caregiver Support Program will work with family caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia to develop playlists for their loved one and provide an iPod shuffle with a minimum of 100 songs, headsets and training on how to use the iPod.

OCES’ Music & Memory program is funded by a grant, which enabled them to purchase all of the necessary equipment and train their staff for the program. OCES is offering this program on a limited basis to caregivers of adults of any age with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

“Research has shown there is a brain-music connection and that there are many benefits to personalized therapeutic music,” explained Christine McLaren of OCES. “We are excited to offer this special program to family caregivers and hope to roll-out the program on a larger scale early next year.”

To further expand the program, OCES is seeking support through donations as well as volunteers to help catalogue and download songs to iPods.

Family caregivers and volunteers looking to learn more about this program may contact McLaren at or call 508-584-1561, ext. 309.