A Music Player for Dementia
The beneficial effects of music for people with dementia are quite outstanding; both for improving the quality of life, especially when living alone, and for its healthy restorative effects on cognizance and lucidity. A recurring problem however, has been the difficulties people with dementia face when trying to operate modern music playing equipment. Remembering how controls operate or manipulation of knobs, non-tactile buttons, and an array of confusing symbols all limit access to this well proved benefit.
- Start playing music - just lift the lid
- Skip this song - (optional) press the big button
- Stop the music - close the lid
Setting up the Simple Music Player
Setting up is undertaken by friends, family, or carers. There are two essential operations: Setting the volume and uploading the playlist.For instructions on uploading the playlist click on the ’Uploading Tunes’ tab.
To adjust the volume, using a pencil or similar, press and hold one of the buttons underneath the player. You don't need to press too hard; you should feel a gentle click like on a keyboard or doorbell. Only after holding the control for 5 seconds the volume will begin to increase or decrease, so it can be set to the appropriate level.