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AZTEC — The residents of the Good Samaritan Society — Four Corners Village here were treated to a unique experience on Saturday in the form of a live concert on the facility's lawn.

The concert was part of a fundraiser to raise money to purchase iPods, earbuds and iTunes cards for the residents as part of the new Music and Memory program. The idea behind the program is that the Alzheimer's and dementia patients will be able to use the music to trigger memories.

"Music is the last memory that people generally lose," Mariah Montanez, the director of marketing and resource development, said.

The facility currently has 20 iPods and hopes to buy 65 more.

Montanez said the residents have been excited about the new program.

"They enjoy every time we do music events," she said.

The residents began gathering on the lawn even before the band, Blues Town, arrived. They were joined by family members.

Mary Ann Norris stood beside her mother, Mary Payne, waiting for the concert to start. Payne has been a village resident for more than two months.

"She was at home with us until she couldn't be anymore," Norris said.

Norris was optimistic about the Music and Memory program.

"She loves the music when she can hear it," she said about her mother.

While Payne's hearing is not as good as it once was, Norris believes the ear buds will assure she can listen to music without a problem.

And, while Norris doesn't know how much it might help her mother's memory, she thinks it will help Payne.

"If she enjoys it, that's all I can ask for," Norris said.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.

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