There is growing evidence that if people with dementia have frequent access to the music from their past it can:
- improve their present mood
- improve their awareness
- improve their ability to understand and think
- help their sense of identity and independence.
Playlist for Life encourages families and other carers to offer people with dementia a highly personal playlist, on an mp3 media player device such as an iPod, of the music that has been meaningful to them during their life. It can also offer a used media player to people who may find it difficult to buy a new one.
As part of Carers Week 2015, Borders Voluntary Care Voice is working with Playlist for Life, to encourage people in the Borders who have unwanted mp3 players or iPods to donate them for this work.
Players can be posted or handed into the Borders Voluntary Care Voice office at Roxburgh House Court, Roxburgh Street, Galashiels TD1 1NY, Monday to Thursday, 9am-4pm.
Borders Voluntary Care Voice is hosting an event for Carers Week on 10th June, when Playlist for Life will be one of the themes, and attendees are being invited to bring along their unwanted iPods.