Playlist for Life can help people with dementia in a variety of ways. It can also help loved ones and professional care staff. Click on the headings below to see short films about all the ways introducing a personal playlist can make a difference - and about how you can get started using playlists.

Playlists can bring families back together
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Here is the first couple we worked with, Harry and Margaret O’Donnell. Margaret told us recently that listening to Harry’s music with him became a way for her to fall in love with him again.

Playlists can help manage dementia symptoms
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Everyone’s dementia is different. For some people, playlists can help them move more easily. For others, their playlist may help manage stress or anxiety. Here is Margaret Murphy, whose dementia made it hard for her to find the right words and so she became gradually more withdrawn. But this is her playing the piano in her care home. She was always a wonderful pianist but what is remarkable is the way she uses the music to connect with everyone in the room.

Playlists can reduce the use of drugs and restraints
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Proper use of playlists has been shown to reduce the need for phsychotropic drugs. You can read about Lillyburn Care Home where playlists have been so successful that the GP is now prescribing them to residents. Or watch below as Sheila Inshaw, Manager at Criagielea Care Home talks about the experience staff have had there:

Playlists help staff be more person-centred.
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You learn so much about someone as you track down the right music that it helps staff to be more person-centred in their care. Watch this video from the Abbeyfield Society, of staff sharing their experience of using Playlist for Life.

Become a Music Detective
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We can all become Music Detectives and learn how to find the right music for an individual through their life story. Visit our training page to find out more. Or watch this video to get you started.

Turn your phone into a Playlist for Life device
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Our Playlist for Life app is powered by Spotify and works on iPhones and iPads. The Music Detective will talk you through how to use the app to find the right music and organise it so you can listen most effectively.