Being able to respond to music – the first sense in the foetus and the last to go at the end of life – is the one thing dementia cannot destroy.


Make a playlist yourself to see how music has helped form your memories.

Look at these guest playlists and others submitted to understand what Playlist for Life is about.

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BROWSE GUEST PLAYLISTS

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Why?

There is mounting evidence that if people with dementia are offered frequent access to the music in which their past experience and memories are embedded, it can

  • Improve their present mood,
  • Improve their awareness,
  • Improve their ability to understand and think,
  • Help their sense of identity and independence.

Our Vision

That every person with dementia has access to a unique playlist of their life, to help unlock who they are.

JustGiving

Any donation, large or small, will help us to support carers, train volunteers and provide the equipment necessary to provide people with a playlist for life.

Exciting developments

  • An online training package for care organisations is being prepared, with a DVD to follow for families. Watch this space.
  • More than half the Scottish health boards, a number of English hospital trusts and a growing number of care homes across the UK are working with us.
  • We are linking up with the Carers of West Dunbartonshire to provide training to volunteers - the first of many such collaborations, we hope.
  • Our partners at Glasgow Caledonian University have secured funding from the Digital Health Institute to develop a Playlist for Life app.
  • Opera Holland Park is collaborating with Playlist for Life in care homes across the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, funded by a local authority grant.
  • A Playlist for Life pilot training programme in Dunfermline, funded by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, has led to initiatives across the town.
(For more on what we do, see About Us > Our Work.)
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Where Memories Go

Where Memories Go Read about the experience that led broadcaster Sally Magnusson to found Playlist for Life.

In Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything Sally describes how singing long-familiar songs helped her mother Mamie to stay more connected to her family and to her own identity.
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Sally Magnusson and Andy Lowndes explain the importance of personal playlists for people with dementia.


THANK YOU


Family and friends of the late Mrs Lidia Volpe. Lidia was the much loved mother of Michael Volpe, general manager of Opera Holland Park, who have done so much to support and advance the work of Playlist for Life in London. Lidia came to Britain from Italy in poverty and had much to contend with in life. Mike paid her this beautiful tribute at her funeral on 24/11/14:
 You see, mum, I want to tell you that it was all worth it. I want to tell you that your fight was a good fight and that you won. That you had a fulfilling, worthwhile life, as noble, as distinguished and as glorious as any other. That your struggle was not in vain. You did it mum. You made it.”  Warm thanks to all who have donated to Playlist for Life in Lidia’s memory – 24/11/2014


Paisley Philharmonic Choir who presented a concert on November 2nd at Sherwood Greenlaw Church Paisley and raised £633.50 – 24/11/2014


Bluebird Care who held an iPod donation drive and collected 9 iPods, 2 chargers and 3 docking stations! 07/10/2014


 Laura Gallagher and Dollar Academy who raised £330 at their 1st year disco – 25/10/14


 Jo Downie of Balfour & Manson Client Welfare who completed the Scottish Half Marathon Duo Challenge to raise funds for Playlist for Life - 10/09/2014


Scottish Fiddle Orchestra who helped us raise £950 at their recent concert – 13/09/2014


Opera Holland Park who helped us raise over £6,000 during their summer season – 25/08/2014


ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) who raised £228 on behalf of Playlist for Life after seeing the team in action with Opera Holland Park – 22/08/14


“In memory of my beloved Auntie and Godmother. May you rest in peace.”  - 17/07/2014 – £100 + £25 Gift Aid 

Catherine Heady


“We are making “Preparing Our Own Playlists for Life” and hopeto offer a service to help individuals to load up their iPods. We are also going to advertise collection points for redundant iPods. Best wishes for further success.”  - 08/04/2014 – £550 

Rotary Club of Gryffe Valley


“So often I go into care homes and see the residents asleep in front of a TV with music humming away in the background. What they really want is their own personalised playlist. So, well done!”  - 29/01/2014 – £100

- Anon


“Sally, I lost my father and father-in-law to Alzheimers so it brought back a lot of memories reading about your mum. All best wishes with the campaign.”  - 03/02/2014 – £500

- Anon