The CAHF Music & Memory Project         


Working to Improve Dementia Care and Quality of Life 

Designed to improve the lives of residents in skilled nursing facilities who suffer from Alzheimer's and other cognitive disorders, the CAHF Music & Memory Project will provide personalized music to 4,500 skilled nursing residents in 300 participating facilities during a three year period.

Researchers from the University of California Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, will also study and document the impact of using music to reduce the use of antipsychotic medication in people with dementia.

The project incorporates the nationally known Music & Memory℠ program which brings individualized music to residents in long term care homes via iPods. Since 2008, the program has been successfully implemented in thousands of long-term care facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

The $1.4 million program is funded from nursing home fines which are collected by the California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Division and deposited in a federal Civil Monetary Penalty fund.

The free project is open to all nursing home providers in the state, including non-members of the California Association of Health Facilities.

For more information contact Program Coordinator Amanda Davidson, 916-432-5209.

Now Showing!

The public is invited to a free screening of Alive Inside, a documentary that explores the transformative impact of music on people living with a diagnosis of dementia or other cognitive disorders. 

The award winning documentary follows the journey of social worker Dan Cohen, the creator of the national Music & Memory program which helps non-verbal dementia patients re-ignite positive memories as they listen to familiar songs from their past.

WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 2018

WHERE: Carlsbad By The Sea Retirement Community, 2855 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, CA 92008

TIME: Doors open at 12:45 PM/ Film starts at 1:45 PM


We are excited to announce that Craig Cornett, CAHF CEO/President, intends to join us and watch Alive Inside for the first time. 

There will be a Q&A panel at the end of the film. Participants include Lori Montross, Director of Psychological and Volunteer Services at LightBridge Hospice; Letitia Rogers, Music & Memory, Western US Regional Director; and representatives from local Music & Memory programs.

Two hours of BRN and NHAP continuing education credits are available for attending this screening.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The screening is sponsored by the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) with support from Music & Memory and Carlsbad By The Sea Retirement Community

Created in 2008, the Music & Memory program provides personalized music to people with dementia in thousands of long-term care facilities in the U.S. and Canada. In California, a $1.4 million state grant administered by CAHF, is delivering the Music & Memory program to 300 skilled nursing homes, providing music to more than 4-thousand elderly patients.

Music & Memory is encouraging community involvement to increase the presence of music in long-term care settings. Suggestions include conducting an music player drive, holding a concert, collecting used CDs, raising money for iTunes gift cards, advocating for wider adoption of the program and seeking support from local artists, choral clubs, and music programs at local schools.

For more information contact Program Coordinator Amanda Davidson, 916-432-5209.

Submit Your Photos and Videos by April 20!

The CAHF Music & Memory project is putting together a short video that will encapsulate the impact that Music & Memory has had on residents, families and staff. 

We ask that each facility submit at least one photo or video by April 20. 


The final video will be placed on the CAHF website and shared at CAHF's summer 2018 conference. 

We are looking for photos and/or video that reflect what this program has meant to you as a staff member and the reactions of your residents to their music. 

You can take videos and photos with your phone and send them to Amanda Davidson at

Please remember to get prior written authorization for your records before sending photos or videos of residents as they will be used for public marketing purposes. 

Also, fill out a photo/video release form and send to Amanda Davidson at

When taking video and photos, please remember these professional tips:


·         Videos should be 15-30 seconds in length

·         Take videos in a quiet place without any background noise

·         Be mindful of clutter or other residents/people in the background

·         Do not pan or zoom

·         Videos and photos of staff and resident together are best

·         Videos and photos of residents with headsets on and smiles are exceptional!

·         Videos and photos need to be taken in landscape (horizontal)

Free Music for Residents!

Downloading music on iTunes can get expensive.

That is why the CAHF Music & Memory project is so grateful to members of the Sacramento Renaissance Society for donating and cataloging more than 1,600 CDs for centers that are participating in the CAHF Music & Memory project.

Check out the list of CDs, cataloged into fifteen different genres (see tabs on bottom of spreadsheet).

CDs highlighted in red are no longer available.

If there are CDs on the list that you would like mailed to your center, please email Program Coordinator Amanda Davidson with the artist and album name. 

We will ship them directly to you so that your residents can benefit from free music.

Remember! To avoid copyright issues, centers must keep the CD after burning the music onto a computer or laptop.

Read about a successful Music & Memory program at Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation in Lodi

Watch a short video about the project


Program Information

Participation Agreement and Research Information Summary

Informational Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions

Project Facts

Press Release



Preparing for Music & Memory Certification Guide

Outreach to Physicians

Outreach to Nurses

Cost/Benefit Table (graphics)

Cost/Benefit Table (detailed)

Media Packet


Research Orientation for QAPI Tool Webinar Video

Research Orientation for QAPI Tool Webinar Slides

Research Orientation for QAPI Tool Webinar Excerpts


Project Orientation Webinar Video

Project Orientation Webinar Slides


Technical Assistance Webinar Video

Technical Assistance Webinar Slides

Technical Assistance Webinar Handout


In the News

Sacramento Bee (May 2016)

KEYT News Channel 3 (February 2017)

KVIE ViewFinder (March 2017)

PBS NewsHour (January 2018)


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