MFMM’s 2021 Roundup

2021 was an incredibly busy year for Music for my Mind, and we want to share with you some of the highlights of our work!

This year saw the long awaited launch of the test version of our Playlist Maker App, an incredibly exciting way to create treasured personalised playlists for the people you love.

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Where we’re at. An update on our app.

We have now launched version 1 of this Web App and are looking for families affected by dementia, who would like to use the App and share with us their experience of using it and their perceptions of the effect the music is having on their loved one with dementia.

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Quantum Care and Music for my Mind

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Music for my Mind’s research supported by Quantum Care homes

We are very excited to announce that we have partnered with Quantum Care on conducting our research programme. They are a not-for-profit care home group operating throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex, serving over 2,000 older people. One of Quantum Care’s core values is providing high quality person centred care, which is essential for us and for the end result we are trying to achieve – bringing benefits for people living with dementia.

Similarly to Music for my Mind, Quantum Care put a strong focus on innovation. One of our charity’s aims is to utilise new technology and make it usable in a care home setting. We are excited by the opportunity to bring new technological solutions for creation and delivery of personalised playlists for their residents.

“We believe that the outcomes of a research project such as this, can have a hugely positive impact not only on our residents but may have significant implications throughout the wider UK dementia care system.” – Debbie Gilard, Head of Corporate Services at Quantum Care

Our project will look to benefit not only the residents from the care homes, but their family members, friends and carers too. Seeking the care home staff’s input and thoughts on how we can create a process that is beneficial to them too, is important to us, as they are the people who work on the frontline of dementia care.

You can read more about the first stages of our work in the Quantum Care homes, in their annual report here.

If you would like to read more about our research programme, visit our Feasibility Studies page.

What’s in store for 2019 – looking ahead

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Achievements and visions

What have we achieved so far and what we plan to, looking ahead in 2019. The past year has been an inspiring and exciting one for Music for my Mind, filled with incredible support from so many people. Our journey and key milestones so far have included conducting pilot studies in care homes, assembling an influential and highly skilled group of Trustees, staff, advisors and during 2018 – gaining over 350 supporters.

We have developed important partnerships with a range of organisations and individuals who can help us, in the last year most importantly with Quantum Care – a group of care homes excited about innovation and use of technology to improve the quality of life of their residents.

Over the past year we have also been fortunate enough to expand our team and welcome a full-time Project Assistant, Dimana Georgieva. We also have the vital support and advice of many experienced consultants in strategy, fundraising, marketing and technology development.

Looking ahead

With all these achievements, we are raring to go to dive into another year of this exciting journey. Looking ahead, our main activities in 2019 will focus on research and further technology development.

Music for my mind - looking ahead in 2019Research:
In 2019 we will be undertaking the first phase of social science/mixed methodology research to explore issues such as:

  • a systematic review of the literature on music and dementia;
  • a favourite songs review by age in non-dementia populations.
  • demography in care homes, including
    § stages and severity of dementia,
    § the proportion of residents with relatives and how often they visit,
    § who has power of attorney?
    § drugs being prescribed
    § music and other activities currently being used

We are working on our programme of feasibility studies and accompanying protocols, including consideration of appropriate levels of ethics review. Through this programme, we will explore some key operational questions such as the frequency, timing and length of use of personalised music, impact on sleep or wellbeing, etc.

MFMM looking ahead in 2019Product development:

Our other main are of focus throughout the year is to continue developing a tool for creating and delivering personalised playlists that can easily be used and implemented in care homes. During 2019 we aim to draw up the specification for an app to enable rapid creation of personalised playlists, using existing music delivery services (such as Spotify) and based on people’s musical and behavioural background. This involves a lot of tests and versions, to reach a product that will work best within a range of care settings.

Alongside these two main areas of activity, we will continue to raise awareness about the effects of personalised music for people living with dementia, through different campaigns and initiatives throughout the year. We will also keep our stakeholders and supporters informed of relevant news in this area and other relevant technological or therapeutic advancements.

We at Music for my Mind hope to get much closer in 2019 to our vision for every care home in Britain to have a music programme and for everyone living with dementia to benefit from personalised music as an integral part of the therapy and care they receive.

To support our app development, visit our crowdfunding page to donate.