This week is Dementia Awareness Week and we would like to welcome our new volunteer, Sue, into the Wellbeing Team. Sue is going to be working 1-2-1 with our patients who are suffering from dementia and she will be helping them to create their Playlist For Life.

Playlist For Life was founded in 2013 and focuses on the idea that a personal playlist and a collection of tunes that are meaningful to an individual can be gathered together to make a soundtrack that can help dementia sufferers.

This week is Dementia Awareness Week and we would like to welcome our new volunteer, Sue, into the Wellbeing Team. Sue is going to be working 1-2-1 with our patients who are suffering from dementia and she will be helping them to create their Playlist For Life.

The Hub at St Andrew’s Hospice is a Local Help Point for Playlist For Life, which aims to help people living with dementia through the power of music. Listening to a personal playlist of memorable songs and pieces of music can make living with dementia easier and happier. By choosing tracks that have an attachment to special memories and emotions, it can further enhance life for patients and families.

As well as reliving old memories or even encouraging emotions, the playlist can also be used for respite, day-to-day routine, relaxation or anxiety prevention. Music stimulates many parts of the brain at once, meaning that even if some parts are damaged, music can still reach the other parts.

There are many ways in which to create a playlist, whether you research your favourite decade charts, hunt through your own music collection or look through the tracks that St Andrew’s Hospice Wellbeing Team have put together. This collection is made from the Playlist For Life 100 Years Book, which contains songs for you to browse through.

The process can be made simpler with a little help, and we’d like to encourage family members, especially the younger generation, to help with finding songs and tracks that have meaning or bring back memories. As well as bringing back old memories, it’s a way of bonding and sharing your love of different kinds of music with loved ones.

You can also help with Playlist For Life by donating old music players, iPods, MP3 players, CD players etc in order for us to provide dementia patients with a way to listen to their playlists, wherever they are, and to play tracks on and find songs that they might like to add to their soundtrack!

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