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: Alive Inside

In its final year, the CAHF project is spreading the word about Music & Memory by hosting six screenings of the documentary film, Alive Inside throughout the state. Our third screening is January in Orange, CA. 

Alive Inside is a documentary film that explores the transformative impact of music on people living with 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, January 26, 2018

WHERE: Folino Theater, Marion Knott Studios – Chapman University, 283 N. Cypress St., Orange, CA 92866

TIME: Event begins at 6:30. Panel discussion to follow immediately after film. Participants include Ron Jordan, Dean of the School of Pharmacy; Dr. Joshua Grill, PhD, Co-Director UCI Mind; Patty Mouton, Alzheimer's Orange County Vice President, Outreach and Advocacy; and representatives from local Music & Memory programs.

The screening is sponsored by the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) with support from Alzheimer's Orange County, Music & Memory, Rockport Healthcare Services, Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy and Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, and UCI MIND: Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders

The screening is free and open to the public.

For information about this or upcoming screenings, please email Amanda Davidson at

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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