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.
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.
That every person with dementia has access to a unique playlist of their life, to help unlock who they are.
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.
- CAN YOU HELP? Glasgow Caledonian University has offered match funding towards a PhD studentship exploring the use of personalised music in palliative care in dementia. Playlist for Life is seeking to raise £30,000, over three years, to enable the studentship in this vitally important and under-researched area to begin as soon as possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
- 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.
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Playlist for Life is supported by Glasgow Caledonian University.
Where Memories Go
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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