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Your old iPod Shuffle can help dementia patients

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Do you have any iPod Shuffles that you no longer use? You could never imagine. A ukulele group based at Merimbula on the NSW south coast can help. But whats more they are putting those tiny machines to worthwhile effect – to help people with dementia. The Wobbles Ukulele Band has a program to assist patients with a donation of a Shuffle loaded with specially chosen music. But Apple has stopped making the Shuffles and now the hunt is that so the group can continue their Music Evokes Memories program. The Wobbles started running the program on May 2017 and have donated 21 Shuffles loaded with music to local care homes for use by specific patients. The Shuffles contain two hours of music and a soft bag by the Candelo Sewers, and donated headphones. Music has been shown to be of great benefit to those with dementia, allowing them to enjoy their memories of their past. Band member Mike Maxworthy said that musical aptitude and appreciation were two of the last abilities to be affected in dementia patients. Music appeared to calm and anxiety in the minds. Band member Adeline Perrett recalls playing in the dementia wing of a local aged care home. "There were just four of us, no residents, but they heard the music doors opened and they started coming towards us." we played, smiling but with tears rolling down our faces, "Adeline said. Last year Adeline discovered that Apple wasn't making the shuffles any more when she visited the shop in Canberra. "I immediately bought the shop out, bought the last 15," she said. "I went on eBay and bought three second ones but we know they're out there. People are not using them we would love to have them," Adeline said. Contact Adeline on 0418 200 161. To find out more about the Music Evokes Memories program visit the Facebook page. Bega District News

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