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The Power
of Music

Try the App

The first version of our Web App is live. It’s super easy to use! All you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection. Simply answer 15 questions about your friend or loved one’s background and musical preferences, you will receive up to 30 song suggestions in a playlist, which you can listen to on your Spotify account (if you have one) or with a free account (which you can sign up for later).

We ask that you help us by providing feedback on how you found the use of the App and how your loved one reacted to the music and any benefits you’ve noticed. Your experience will support our research into the benefits of personalised music for people living with memory loss or dementia and help us support more affected families.

How it Works

Fill out Questionnaire

Answer simple questions on behalf of your relative/friend

Generate a Playlist

We create a playlist using Spotify and email you a link and instructions to access it.

Listen Together

Listen to the playlist together and enjoy!

Developing the App

The Reminiscence Bump

In order to create personalised music playlists tailored for people living with dementia, this study aimed to determine the age at which healthy individuals could best recall music that was popular at the time. Our team conducted an online survey, which presented a random selection of 10 of the 100 most popular songs from each year of the music charts, between 1945 and 2015, presented in random order. 

The results showed that popular music was best recalled when people were aged between 13 and 19 years, regardless of their year of birth. Music from this “reminiscence bump” provides a rich source of retained music that should be tapped when creating playlists of meaningful music for people living with dementia, who may not be able to recall the names of their favourite songs.

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