I’m all about the creative use of technology and I get particularly excited when creativity and technology together translate to real and meaningful value in someone’s life and Playlist for Life fits into that category.
Playlist For Life is based on the very simple truth that people respond to sound – even when almost every other memory or sense has left them – and Playlist for Life has built on this idea to promote personal playlists as a therapy for connecting with people living with dementia. The effect is extremely moving – people who were previously unresponsive to loved ones seem to awaken, stimulated by music and songs that revive lost memories.
I had the opportunity to hear about Playlist For Life in May at an NHS event at the SECC where Andy Lowndes and founder Sally Magnusson had 500+ people near to tears as they witnessed, through video, the impact of the work; and then, in tears of laughter as the same audience shared stories of songs personal to them.
To learn more visit playlistforlife.org.uk
The videos on the website speak for themselves – in particular look out for Harry and Margaret.
Andy visited the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) in Dundee this week – I recorded the audio below for their SSSCfm channel.
Listen to what Andy has to say, think about what would be on your personal playlist and consider donating any old iPods or mp3 players you might have doing nothing.