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Harry O’Donnell, a former Clyde welder and waterpolo player, has vascular dementia. After a period of illness Harry and his wife Margaret were struggling to connect with each other.
80 year old Kitty Keegans has advanced Alzheimer’s. Her vocabulary had gone, but since she began listening to her playlist she has managed a few words, even saying short sentences such as ‘Come on, then’ and ‘Hello, how are you?’ Her daughter Caroline finds that sharing this deeply personal music enhances her time with her mother as nothing else can. Sharing a playlist for life for her mother has immeasurably improved Caroline Brown’s visits to her mother.
This is the video clip that went viral. Henry had been in care with dementia for ten years, barely saying a word to anyone.
Then Dan Cohen, who runs Music and Memory in the United States, brought in his laptop and created for Henry a playlist of the most meaningful music from his life – with astonishing results.
Playlist for Life approached Craigielea Care Home in Renfrew to gather experience of compiling and sharing a playlist for life among residents.
Here Sheila Inshaw explains the process from a manager’s perspective and why she now believes it is such a valuable cornerstone of person-centred care.
World renowned Neurologist Oliver Sacks explains how music affects people with dementia. His experience suggests that all respond ‘without exception’ to music – especially to the old songs that have been personally meaningful.
Dr Sacks is a physician, author and professor of neurology at New York University’s School of Medicine. His books includeThe Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hatand Musicophilia.