TN M.I.N.D.S. (Music Intervention Navigating Dementia Symptoms) is a program part of Dementia Capable TN. We are implementing an intervention that will combine:

1) Powerful Tools for Caregivers

2) Personalized music for individuals living with dementia

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based education program for family caregivers to improve self-care behaviors, management of emotions, self-efficacy, and use of community resources. For more information on the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program, please visit

Use of personalized music reduces the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (including depression, agitation and aggressive behavior) while increasing socialization, communication and quality of life.

TN M.I.N.D.S will ensure that caregivers get much needed supports through the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program, while the care receivers with dementia receive a music player with a personalized playlist.

We need help in both areas!

1) Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leaders:

Class Leaders teach a 6-week class for caregivers on stress management, local resources, and other topics. The classes are held once a week for 90 minutes. Interested individuals must complete the class leader application and attend a 2-day leadership training.            

For more information on becoming a Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leader through TCAD, please contact Keita Cole at or 615-770-3901.  

2) Music Volunteers:

Music program volunteers will work with individuals with dementia to create a personalized playlist and load the music onto a music player. Music volunteers will receive training on how to create a personalized playlist and technical assistance.

How do I become a volunteer?

To become a volunteer, please contact Keita Cole at or 615-770-3901.      

Who can volunteer?

Any adult who completes required training and paperwork can volunteer. Music volunteers may also be subject to a background check.

Where can people volunteer?

The location of volunteer opportunities varies. Anyone across the entire state of Tennessee can become a Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leader. The TN M.I.N.D.S. program will only be implemented across the state in the five highlighted districts on the map below. For more specific location information, please reach out to the Tennessee Dementia Services Coordinator.


Who can I contact for more information?

Keita Cole


Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability 
Andrew Jackson Building, 9th Floor
502 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37243