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.

Get involved

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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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.

News At a Glance

  • Recruitment Opportunity for Office Administrator We need a full-time Office Administrator to manage incoming emails, respond to requests and enquiries, prepare materials for training and events and keep the office space well-ordered and organised. We offer highly flexible working and the chance to be part of something very special. For more information visit our news and events page
  • Recruitment Opportunity for Digital Development Officer Are you a creative problem solver and good team player? Do you have an understanding of digital technologies and excellent project management skills? Would you like the chance to manage the creation and launch of a tangible product that can help thousands of people? Then potentially the chance to stay on and develop more new products and services in the future? For more information visit our news and events page
  • Care watchdog backs Playlist for Life – Third Force News

    To read more and watch the film produced by the Care Inspectorate visit
  • Playlist for Life to attend Music and Dementia event on Thursday 13th October at Paisley Arts Centre 9.30am to 12.30pm – Admission Free –  Please see our news and events section for further information or contact
  • Exciting chance to help research how favourite music can help dementia, thanks to Playlist for Life’s new app
    People with dementia from all over the UK still have time to sign up to Dementia Citizens and be part of research into how favourite music affects people’s moods thanks to an app created for Playlist for Life, the Scottish music and dementia charity. People living with dementia and their carers are invited to sign up now to take part in the Dementia Citizens project, recently launched by innovation foundation Nesta, by visiting: Further information can be found in our news section.
  • That Swing Sensation at Edinburgh Fringe promoting Playlist for Life!
    That Swing Sensation will have you dancing in the aisles as they return to the Edinburgh Fringe.
    Get  your tickets here:
  • Opportunity for Communities Officer!
    Please see our News and Events section for further information and a job application pack.
  • Blog Post; The Beat Goes On by Julie Garton.
    Check out the recent blog post about our training session in Dumfries and Galloway
  • We are expanding our bank of Professional Freelance Trainers! Interested?
    Please find further details in our news and events section.  Closing date is Friday 29th July 2016.
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran Dementia/Delirium Conference for Care Homes at Crosshouse Hospital
    Playlist for Life’s Deputy Chair Andy Lowndes is presenting at this conference on Monday the 18th July, 2016. We will also have an information stand on the day so if you are attending please come along and find out more!
  • The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award has chosen Playlist for life as its nominated charity.
    This prestigious and exciting arts prize will be awarded on Wednesday 29th June 2016 at an event in Paisley. The awards were developed by the Scottish Music Industry Association to celebrate, promote and reward the most outstanding albums released by Scottish artists. Our sincere thanks go to the Scottish Album of the Year organisers for supporting Playlist for Life and raising awareness of what we do. We wish all the nominees good luck. We’ve been able to get some playlists from previous SAY award winners. Please browse our guest playlists
  • Volunteers needed for a ‘playlist-making’ tool: can you help? Please see our news section for further details.
  • Tea Dance on 19th May 2016 at South Beach Hotel, Troon. Live@Troon are hosting their first ever tea dance at 2pm. Please call 01294 233713 or visit for tickets
  • Playlist for Life will be attending the Older People’s Spring Fayre at Woodhill Evangelical Church, Bishopbriggs on Friday 29th April 2016.  Come along to our information stand between 10am and 3pm.
  • Community Dementia Care Model, Strathblane, Saturday 30th April 2016 at the Kirk Rooms, Strathblane between 10am and 3pm. Come along to this community event to find out more about Playlist for Life. We are presenting at 11am and 2pm.
  • Rally for Bally 2016  Tickets are now on sale for the Western Tennis Club’s annual Charity Tennis Event. Live music, interviews with Sally Magnusson and friends and tennis fun with stars from TV and sport. Get your tickets now
  • The Scottish Police and Community Choir are supporting Playlist for Life. Come along to this musical extravaganza on Sunday 22nd May 2016 at the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling. You can find further information on our news and events section.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson CBE  Sir Alex has submitted a personal playlist. Please visit our guest playlists. Sir Alex said  “All wonderful songs that bring back great memories for me”
  • 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.
  • 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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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.

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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 Rotary Club of Paisley Callants for their donation of £100
KEY Community Support for their donation of £80
The Ward Family Charitable Trust (Fishbox) for their donation of £2500
Jackie Thompson for her donation of £50
£279 donated in memory Mr. Luke Mitchell
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.
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. in memory of Joyce Townley
John McGuigan and his colleagues at Standard Life who donated £250
Encore, a choir based in Perth, Scotland who raised £500
The Stenton Singers who made Playlist for Life their 2014 Charity of the Year and donated £1800 raised from two concerts they held.
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 to raise £950 at their recent concert
Opera Holland Park who helped us raise over £6,000 during their 2014 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
Rotary Club of Ayr for donating £525
Western Health and Racquets Club who raised £5,000 at their celebrity tennis match
The Abbey Church of Dunfermline who donated £350
Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange who donated £800
Rotary Club of Allander who donated £300
St. Cadoc’s Bridge café who raised £300
Ranfurly Castle Golf Club who raised £400
Carers of West Dunbartonshire Council who donated £200
Kilspindie Ladies Golf Club who raised £1200
The Gloag Foundation who donated £5000
Edith Clark who donated £100