Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest health authority is expanding a program that gives personalized music devices to people with dementia, allowing them play music tailored to their tastes and designed to elevate their quality of life.  “We put the headphones on and after a while they become accustomed to it and it’s familiar, and they’re transported to a different place in their lives — a place where that music is important,” said Sheila Williams, a musical therapist at Saint Luke’s home in St. John’s, one of three long-term care sites where Eastern Health’s Music & Memory pilot program has been operating for the last 18 months.  Williams told CBC News she’s seen the program work wonders for residents of long-term care facilities.  Sheila Williams, the musical therapist at Saint Luke’s Homes in St. John’s. (CBC) She said staff interview the residents and their families “to see what music reaches them,” and then prepare customized playlists for individual iPods.  The pilot project has also been running at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home in St. John’s and Harbour Lodge Nursing Home in Carbonear. The program matches those living in long-term care facilities with their own personalized iPods that have music on them tailored to the resident’s own tastes — with a specific focus on music that makes them feel calm and relaxed. Eastern Health announced the expansion of the program at an event in St. John’s earlier this week. Click here to read more