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Music In My Mind Orange County


Man with dementia enjoys music from his past.
Elderly woman lights up when listening to music on her ipod.
Henry listening to music in the documentary
Man with dementia laughs and enjoys music with his caregiver.


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Music in My Mind Orange County (MIMMOC) is adapting the work of Music and Memory©, a non-profit organization founded by New York social worker Dan Cohen.

We seek to improve the quality of life for care home residents and others suffering with dementia by promoting access to personally meaningful music. MIMMOC is working with Medicaid-accepting care facilities in the county to develop programs for providing iPods loaded with personalized playlists to their residents.

Other MIMMOC initiatives include creating a digital music library and iPod lending program for low income individuals with dementia and developing a program for training and coordinating volunteers to create personal playlists with county residents and caregivers. Through these strategies, MIMMOC seeks to unite elders with dementia with personally meaningful music that can significantly improve their quality of life.

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See the Power of Personalized Music


Meet Henry, who suffered from dementia for a decade and barely said a word to anyone—until Music & Memory set up an iPod program at his nursing home:

The above clip is from Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Choice: U.S. Documentary winner. Alive Inside filmed by director Michael Rossato-Bennett documents the work of social worker and Music & Memory© founder Dan Cohen.

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Your financial support will help bring enjoyment to residents of Orange County with Alzheimer's and related dementias, and find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.

Make an online, tax-deductible donation to Music In My Mind Orange County:

                                      Orange County Community Giving Fund: Click here to make an online donation icon

Donations may also be mailed to:

Music in My Mind

Orange County Department on Aging

2551 Homestead Rd.

Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Suggested donations:

  • $25 (hours of personalized music for a program participant)
  • $50 (iPod)
  • $100 (iPod + music gift card)

Music in My Mind initiatives in Orange County:

  • Build digital music library
  • Subsidize Medicaid funded facility staff in Music and Memory© training
  • Outreach to home-health and adult day care organizations, caregiver support organizations to coordinate Music and Memory© training opportunities and subsidize equipment for low income users
  • Volunteer development and partnership with other community volunteer organizations to sustain library, support caregivers at home, and  continue outreach efforts


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The MIMMOC Program Team would like to thank all of our generous sponsors who support Music In My Mind Orange County, bringing music to those who need it the most!

Acorn Home Care Services, Inc., Carol Woods Retirement Community, Chapel Hill and Durham Eldercare Resources,Betsy Dawson, Duke Homecare and Hospice, Law Office of Daniel Hatley, Nightlight Video Productions, and UNC School of Social Work

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To learn more about MIMMOC or become a part of our team of volunteers and organizers contact:

Britney Wiggins, MIMMOC Chair

Contact Britney Wiggins

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