May 14, 2014

Unity Hospice Collecting iPods for Music & Memory Program

Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis is partnering with Valvoline Instant Oil Change to collect iPods for new music program


Donation boxes to be set up at 37 Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations throughout Ill. and Mo.

Collinsville, Ill.  – In association with their recent launch of the Music & Memory Program, Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis invites community members 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 Illinois 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.

Common injuries brought to life from war, such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), are directly linked to an increased onset of Alzheimer’s disease in the aging veteran. Valvoline Instant Oil Change has a passion for assisting our nation’s veterans as they understand the need to support active/inactive military personnel and their families.

Donation boxes will be set up at 37 Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations throughout Metropolitan St. Louis. Please check with your local Valvoline for details on participation. 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 who are not able to afford this program on their own. For more information on Music & Memory, visit

Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a full-service hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support and education to people facing a life-limiting illness. The organization offers care of the highest quality by licensed and competent staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make their patients’ final days comfortable, Unity Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond everyday to meet their needs.

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