Music can be a lifeline if you have dementia. Two decades of academic research shows that it can help to make you feel better. 

The free Playlist For Life App is designed to make the experience of searching for music and creating a playlist as simple as possible.

The app will introduce you to the Playlist for Life Music Detective, our friendly guide who will help you track down the music that forms the soundtrack of your life or the life of a loved one. He'll introduce you to a range of reminiscence prompts that can guide you to the music that holds the strongest memories.

Or you can browse over a hundred ready-made playlists of the top songs from the past century. And each month our real-life music detectives will be adding new playlists to delight and surprise you!

Once you have found your music - or the music of someone you care for - you and they can listen to it whenever it's needed, day or night.

The app will also help you make the best use of your music by enabling you to add labels to each song. The labels will help you organise your playlist by what it reminds you of, how it makes you feel, and what you want to do while listening.

The app is powered by Spotify and allows you to listen to more than 30 million songs available in Spotify’s library. You will need a premium Spotify account to make full use of the app. A premium account currently costs £9.99 per month but Spotify often offer a free trial for a month so you can sign up to try the service without committing yourself. To get a Premium Spotify account you will need to sign up at the Spotify website here: www.spotify.com/uk/premium/

The public version of the Playlist for Life app is made possible by a generous donation from the Utley Foundation, and builds on a research app developed in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University as part of Nesta’s Dementia Citizens project and funded by The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation, Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation, and Alzheimer Scotland.

Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation Glasgow Caledonian University Nesta Alzheimer Scotland


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