Being able to respond to music is the one thing dementia cannot destroy. Playlist for Life encourages families and caregivers to create a playlist of personally meaningful music on an iPod for people with dementia.

Learn how

Training courses and guidance for care staff and families.

Find inspiration

Nothing speaks louder than the experience of others.

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If you would like to help in some way, we would love to hear from you.

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?

Listening to music

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.

News At a Glance

  • APPWe’ve begun developing a Playlist for Life app with Glasgow Caledonian University to deliver a personal music intervention from diagnosis to end of life. It will be informed by robust research evidencing the impact of personal music on the wellbeing of those living with dementia. Funded by Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation and the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation.
  • TRAININGOnline training for healthcare professionals and a DVD /download for families are now available.
  • PALLIATIVE CAREWe’re seeking £30,000 to match-fund a PhD studentship exploring the use of personal music in dementia palliative care at Glasgow Caledonian University. Please contact info@playlistforlife.org.uk if you can help.
  • VOLUNTEER PACKAGEThe Carers of West Dunbartonshire have developed a package for volunteer carers which we are now offering to other carers’ organisations.
  • NHSMore 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.
  • OPERA HOLLAND PARKOpera Holland Park is collaborating with Playlist for Life in care homes across the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, funded by a local authority grant.

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Supported By

Glasgow Caledonian University. Thomson Cooper Accountants Alzheimer Scotland Gloag Foundation The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation Panda Print

Kind Donations

The Weir Group for donating £5000
The Christina Mary Hendrie Trust for donating £2000
Erin Donaghy, a Glasgow Caledonian University mental health student who completed a sky dive and raised £200
Mrs R. Fitzpatrick who donated 9 splitter cables
The Rangers Supporters Club who donated £250
CR Smith Glaziers who raised £127 through their Charity Christmas card collection
Remembering Not to Forget who completed 10 challenges in 10 months and raised £625.12 for PfL
The family of Margaret MacPherson who donated £223 in her memory
Bearsden Literary Society for donating £100
Dunfermline & District Probus Club who donated £50
The Ladies’ Troon Rotary Club who  raised £1350
John and Johanna Ward for donating £2500
Alison Arthur who donated 2 iPods with chargers
Bath Civil Defence Mixed Hockey Club who made Playlist for Life their 2014 charity of the year and raised £314
Kirkcaldy High School Charities Committee who donated £370
The Rotary Club of Troon who donated £2,000
Graham and Pamela Storrie who donated £1,000
Dundee Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra who donated 7 iPods and an mp3 player
Maureen McGinley who donated 3 iPod shuffles
Miss E. M. Bruce who donated £500
C. Grambo, who donated an iPod
Sarah Marshall who donated an iPod
Mrs L Foster who donated £94.00 in memory of Joyce Townley
John McGuigan and his colleagues at Standard Life who donated £250.00
Encore, a choir based in Perth, Scotland who raised £500
The Stenton Singers who have made Playlist for Life their Charity of the Year. At a recent carol concert they raised £930 and hope to donate more after they hold their Spring concert
Laura’s Tapestry Group, led by Laura Magliveras who made Christmas tapestries and raised £111.00
Mary Robson who very generously left Playlist for Life a twentieth of her estate in her will
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
Paisley Philharmonic Choir who presented a concert on November 2nd at Sherwood Greenlaw Church Paisley and raised £633.50
Bluebird Care who held an iPod donation drive and collected 9 iPods, 2 chargers and 3 docking stations!
Laura Gallagher and Dollar Academy who raised £330 at their 1st year disco
Jo Downie of Balfour & Manson Client Welfare who completed the Scottish Half Marathon Duo Challenge to raise funds for Playlist for Life
Scottish Fiddle Orchestra who helped us raise £950 at their recent concert
Opera Holland Park who helped us raise over £6,000 during their summer season
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
“In memory of my beloved Auntie and Godmother. May you rest in peace.”   – £100 + £25 Gift Aid Catherine Heady
“We are making “Preparing Our Own Playlists for Life” and hope to 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.”   – £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!” – £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.”   – £500 – Anon