Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) has donated 22 refurbished iPod touches to the Kenora/Rainy River Districts Alzheimer Society’s Music Project.
Rossana Tomashowski, executive director for the Alzheimer Society’s Kenora/Rainy River Districts branch said that prior to the donation, the Kenora/Rainy River branch had a waiting list of patients awaiting MP3 players.
Angela Mainville, director of post-secondary education at Seven Generations Education Institute explained that SGEI wanted to give back to the community that has long supported its students.
“Our PSW (Personal Support Worker) students have nearly finished their clinical training and during this training they’ve had the opportunity to learn from and grow alongside dementia care patients,” noted Mainville.
“We just knew we had to give back to this community of people,” she continued.
The Music Project aims to connect people with dementia with the music they once loved by providing pre-loaded MP3 players personalized for their taste, at no cost.
According to the Music Project website, the Alzheimer Society has donated more than 4,800 MP3 players and over one million songs to people with dementia.
Seven Generations Education Institute is an educational organization that services the Treaty 3 territory with culturally enriched secondary, post-secondary and adult education.
SGEI also provides workplace training, cultural workshops, Anishinaabe language revitalization, First Nations student support, postsecondary student funding assistance, and staff and student support at the Rainy River District School Board.