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THE call is out for iPods and iTunes vouch­ers to give to peo­ple with de­men­tia. Peter Moyes Angli­can Com­mu­nity School stu­dents, pic­tured here with Amana Liv­ing’s Emily Lees, are be­hind the plea.

A MINDARIE school and Kin­ross aged care provider have teamed up to give peo­ple with de­men­tia mod­ern mu­sic tech­nol­ogy.

Peter Moyes Angli­can Com­mu­nity School and Amana Liv­ing are ex­pand­ing an innovative mu­sic pro­gram, Tune into Life, that col­lects iPods to re­dis­tribute to peo­ple with de­men­tia.

The school aims to col­lect 10 iPods a week and has called on the com­mu­nity to do­nate sec­ond-hand iPods or iTunes vouch­ers to do­nate to the pro­gram.

“Last year’s Tune into Life pi­lot showed the pos­i­tive im­pact that per­son­alised playlists can have on the life of a per­son with de­men­tia,” Amana Liv­ing en­rich­ment manager Emily Lees said.

“The clients who took part in the trial were hap­pier and en­joyed bet­ter re­la­tion­ships with our staff as well as their loved ones through lis­ten­ing to mu­sic to­gether.

“We hope every­one gets be­hind the Tune into Life iPod Drive so more peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia and their fam­i­lies can ben­e­fit from the pro­gram.”

A mu­sic ther­a­pist ran the pro­gram, de­liv­er­ing in­di­vid­ual and group mu­sic ther­apy ses­sions and train­ing Amana Liv­ing staff on how to use the playlists ef­fec­tively.

This term, PMACS stu­dents will visit Amana Liv­ing res­i­dents at the Kin­ross Care Cen­tre.

“Our stu­dents are very ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to help mem­bers of our lo­cal com­mu­nity by util­is­ing their knowl­edge of tech­nol­ogy and mu­sic – two of their favourite things,” pri­mary deputy prin­ci­pal Ni­cole Brown said.

Do­na­tions can be dropped off at the school’s El­lis­ton Pa­rade or Salerno Drive re­cep­tion ar­eas.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 9304 5500 or visit www.amanaliv­ing.com.au/ tunein­to­life.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d473120

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