NPR just ran this piece and it hits pretty close to home. Funding cuts, nursing homes, music and healing and even ipods. An ipod project was started with customized music on it for each person revealing wonderful responses and the older generation coming to life in less than stimulating environments. Of course the live music format is preferred but , this guy, Dan Cohen is on to something. He's a social worker who started a non-profit called Music and Memory where he gives individuals in nursing homes ipods with their preferred music on it. He is also featured in a Documentary called Alive Inside. Wonderful stuff. Check it out.