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.
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 and includes researchers from the University for the Creative Arts.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Memory Track Social Enterprise
Pendine Park Care Home