Music is an underused tool in health and wellbeing, despite its extraordinary therapeutic potential. This is particularly true with Dementia and mental health, where the power of music to transform outcomes is now well documented. Dementia results in steady deterioration of the brain function causing a wide range of daily issues for those living with the condition such as anxiety, disorientation, anger, fear, irritability, depression, and withdrawal. The use of reminiscence music can significantly decrease many of these behaviours, and improve the lives of those living with Dementia and their carers.
Memory Tracks is a care platform that links songs to tasks that need to be carried out during the day and provides a personalised selection of music tailored to an individual’s routine, their family, carers and needs. The core element of this is a tablet or smartphone app that connects daily events to the person’s choice of reminiscence music. Click here for more information on the prototype app. In the initial development these triggers are activated by their carer or by the user. Further development of Memory Tracks will utilise behavioural or physical triggers via a sensor environment to create a contextual, more immersive user experience.
Through these tools we can help those living with dementia remain more independent in the early stages of the illness and in later stages, to be more connected to their environment. The expected impact will be that people living with dementia experience lower anxiety, depression and agitation in addition to making the care process easier. Their Memory Tracks will also serve as a constant connection between them and their family, assisting recognition and shared experiences.
The Memory Tracks team includes technologists, product specialists and music experts, and is advised by a wide range of experts from user experience to health care.