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Alexa report from Music Labs

Working with people living with dementia and family carers to test smart speakers

Playlist for Life is often asked for advice on listening to music through voice activated technology or for advice on listening to music for people who are not able to use physical devices.

We worked with five people living with dementia and two family carers to explore how Alexa enabled devices could be used to listen to playlists.

Participants used the devices to listen to their playlists regularly over ten weeks to understand:

  • How suitable these devices are for people with dementia
  • What guidance people might require enabling them to use the devices effectively
  • What improvements might make them better

Over the ten weeks participants took part in group feedback sessions and shared their experience to help create the documents below.

How to use an Amazon Echo

Guidance on using an Amazon Echo to listen to your playlist

Read our participants’ tips on using smart speakers 

Advice created by and for people living with dementia and their families

Hear directly from some of the participants in the video below:

Playlist for Life Music Labs are
supported by The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust.

Thank you to the Life Changes Trust for supporting the initial development of the Music Lab programme.