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Unity Hospice collecting iPods for Music & Memory program

COLLINSVILLE – In association with their recent launch of the Music & Memory Program, Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis is asking people 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 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, hospice officials said.

Common injuries brought to life from war, such as Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, are directly linked to an increased onset of Alzheimer’s disease in the aging veteran.

Donation boxes will be set up at 37 Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations throughout Metropolitan St. Louis. People are asked to check with your local Valvoline for participation details.

The new and used iPods collected throughout the drive will go in the hands of veterans, members of the Veterans Association and family members of hospice patients  For more information on Music & Memory, visit



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