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.
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
Participation Agreement and Research Information Summary
Frequently Asked Questions
Preparing for Music & Memory Certification Guide
Outreach to Physicians
Outreach to Nurses
Cost/Benefit Table (graphics)
Cost/Benefit Table (detailed)
Music & Memory: More Than Just an Activity
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Performance Improvement Project (PIP) Development
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)