iPods For the Elderly program helping pull memories in Alzheimer’s patients

Chiyoko Pai, 96, got the first iPod at Hoonani Adult Care Services. She’s pictured here with program creator Jen McGeehan. Courtesy photo

“My mom loved Doris Day and Frank Sinatra,” said daughter Corrine Suwa-Kalani of her mother, 92-year-old Fusae Suwa, pictured. “As soon as she put on the headphones connected to the iPod, she began tapping her feet and singing the words to the songs.”

Editor’s note: Disrupt Aging is a column produced by AARP Hawaii, West Hawaii Today and The Hawaii Tribune-Herald. It will run monthly in West Hawaii Today on the first Sunday of the month in the Home Section although the inaugural piece is running in today’s A section. Roberta Wong Murray is an AARP volunteer seeking stories about people who are redefining their age. Contact her at rwongmurray@gmail.com or call 322-6886.