Playlist for Life

In October 2017, we were delighted to host Sally Magnusson and Sarah Metcalfe, of Playlist of Life, at our private event – the first phase of launching Music for my Mind.

Playlist for Life is a charity that we feel closely related to. They have also witnessed the positive effects of a personally meaningful playlist for people living with dementia. It can enhance memories and interaction, improve relationships with family and overall better their quality of life. For the past year we have been in discussions on the most efficient way to help everyone living with dementia through the use of personalised music together. We are excited about the possibilities and our future projects.

You can read their article on the connection between the two charities here: https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/music-for-my-mind 

Project Update

Project update

Things are moving quickly here at Music For My Mind, we have an App Developer in place as well as an experienced individual working on the monitoring devices for responses to music.

Project update Music for My MindIt looks like we may also have an experienced social worker to join the team. She has been a dementia pathfinder and founded My Home Life. It’s all systems go now so that we can start making a positive difference to people living with dementia.

We have our new logo and this website to let people know what we are doing and how they can help.

We have all the paperwork and signatures sent off to register this new charity and we have been given generous donations in order to open the bank account.

Great news too that we also have some elderly volunteers who are living with dementia and their families who have come forward to help us.

On a personal note, if you have been on this ‘dementia journey’, with a loved one, or are currently on it, at whatever stage, you will understand the feeling of helplessness that this disease instills in you.

You now recognise the tell-tale signs of dementia that had been evident much earlier but you put them down to stress or eccentricity. You feel guilty that you misjudged their behaviour as uncaring or spiteful when all the time the dementia pathology was becoming established.

Music for My Mind offers the opportunity to reconnect, a chance to experience the comfort of the familiar for both of you.

If you would like to try your own experiments with personalised music with your family or group, please let us know what happens.

 

Tony Husband illustrates the effect on carers coping with Dementia

‘Take Care, Son’ by Tony Husband

Tony Husband has kindly agreed to let us use his wonderful cartoons that so eloquently describe the journey the carer goes on as they witness the effects of dementia on a loved one.

Take Care, Son by Tony Husband

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These are taken from an award winning book “Take Care Son” where Tony used his own experiences with his Dad.

For anyone who has experienced dementia within the family this book will resonate and provoke happy memories and smiles as well as the sad memories and the realities of the disease.

The Daily Mail article ‘Saddest Goodbye‘ touched the public and won the Best Coverage of Issues Around Dementia (Barchester Healthcare Special Award).

If you would like to know more about our project then please click here.

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