ABATE to hold benefit ride for Music and Memory Program

Bettendorf, Iowa (KWQC) - The third weekend in May ABATE of Iowa, a motorcycle rights organization, is hitting the road to raise awareness and funds for a new program bringing joy to senior residents in the Quad Cities.

Iowa Masonic adopted the unique program, called Music and Memory, in the Spring of 2016.

The program gives residents the chance to listen to a personalized playlist of music. Music and Memory started in the health facility's Memory Care Unit, but now every resident at Iowa Masonic has access to the program.

In order to give each participant the chance to have a personalized list of music, Iowa Masonic worked to provide individual iPods to all the residents.

Directors at Iowa Masonic said the Quad Cities community rallied and donated many iPods and iTunes gift cards, but all the supplies can be costly.

ABATE member, Penny Hoker saw the impact the program can have first hand. Hoker's dad, Bob, has Dementia and is a resident at Iowa Masonic.

"Well he's been in the home for several years now," said Hoker as she sat holding her dad's hand. "When he first came here, he was very vocal and he could walk, was very social. And through Dementia it's taken apart of him slowly where he's more unresponsive. But what I've noticed, when he's in a program with music, his eyes are brighter, he's tapping his foot. It brings him to life like I remember."

Hoker decided to gather members of ABATE together to plan this weekend's benefit ride.

The event will start at Iowa Masonic (2500 Grand St. Bettendorf, Iowa) on Saturday, May 20. Participants can sign in from ten to eleven a.m. After, the ride will make stops at Go Fish in Princeton, Iowa, The Depot in Donahue, Iowa and Ridgecrest Village Senior and Hereo's Pub in Davenport, Iowa.

Hoker told TV-6 even people without bikes can come and bring their vehicle. Organizers are hoping to get everyone to the final stop by 5 p.m.

For more information, follow the link to Iowa Masonic's website. A clickable link is featured to the right or below this article.