Playlist for Life taps into a recognised phenomenon: personally meaningful music has the ability to improve life for people with dementia, their family and their carers.
We have probably all experienced music which gives us 'that flashback feeling’; when a certain song takes us back to a person, place or time whenever we hear it. That feeling is a sign that the music we are listening to is particularly deeply connected to our memories and emotions. For people with dementia it can be a lifeline.
But Playlist for Life is about far more than listening to music. It's about creating personal connections. Helping someone to make a playlist brings people together and fosters understanding. It empowers family carers and ensures professional care is more person-centred.
It's also great fun! Music can be shared with others, stimulating discussion and creativity, all of which helps to build mental resilience and manage the symptoms of dementia.