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.

Alive Inside Documentary Film Screening 

The public is invited to a free screening of Alive Inside, a documentary that explores the transformative impact of music on people suffering from dementia and 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:   Friday, October 20, 2017
WHERE: Rosemont High School Auditorium, 9594 Kiefer Blvd. Sacramento
Doors open at 6:00 PM/ Event begins at 6:30

The screening is sponsored by the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) and Sunrise Senior Living with support from the Alzheimer’s Association, Music & Memory and TunesWork, a local non-profit dedicated to raising money for therapeutic music programs. 

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


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)


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