Music therapy has been found to be a powerful tool when fighting Alzheimer’s. Valvoline Instant Oil Change teams up with Unity Hospice to help collect iPods for donation.

“Collinsville, Ill.  – In association with their recent launch of the Music & Memory Program, Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis invites community members to donate their new, slightly used and old iPods to support the program’s efforts. In partnership with Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Unity Hospice set up donation boxes at 37 Valvoline locations throughout Metro East Illinois and St. Louis to gather iPods for veterans, patients and family members unable to afford this program on their own.

Unity Hospice is currently the only hospice in Greater St. Louis providing Music & Memory. Most appropriate for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, this alternative music therapy program brings personalized playlists to patients in an effort to restore the sense of self often lost when memory fails. Secured in research about how the brain works, memories that are linked to music are stored in an area of the brain that is not affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Musical memories, such as a wedding song, are often the only memories that Alzheimer’s victims have left.

Common injuries brought to life from war, such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), are directly linked to an increased onset of Alzheimer’s disease in the aging veteran. Valvoline Instant Oil Change has a passion for assisting our nation’s veterans as they understand the need to support active and inactive military personnel and their families. […]” – Unity Hospice