Donated iPods Help "Awaken" Patients Battling Dementia

Dan Cohen, the founder of Music and Memory is using donated iPods help patients battle dementia with personalized playlists.
3:00 | 03/05/14

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I'm Byron Pitts with ABC news in Yahoo! for beyond the headline. 88 year old Henry -- mine and has been disappearing breath by breath. But keep watching the transformation. It's impossible to turn away from. Since -- video -- viral and YouTube. IPod donations to the eight year old music and every program have been pouring in by the thousands the program is the brainchild of social worker Dan Cohen who came up with the idea to bring iPods into nursing homes. These customized playlist or somehow re connecting these patients with their past. Research shows the area of the brain that controls music and memories. Is -- the last parts to atrophy in diseases like alzheimer's. Edna passengers 98. It's the simple pleasures of life near the end of life made possible by people donating used I -- -- -- -- -- After breakfast at German radio I'm -- around me I loved -- And that's what makes Dan Cohen -- his ambitious idea. America strong. Thanks for joining ABC news in Yahoo! -- beyond the headlines I'm Byron Pitts you can follow me on Twitter at. -- --

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