Music for My Mind
Music for my Mind arose from Professor Keith McAdam’s experiences of playing music to patients in the HIV waiting room of the Infectious Diseases Institute he ran in Uganda, 2004-7. Music also helps people living with dementia and the use of technology for rapid development of individually tailored playlists is completely innovative.
People living with dementia, even when unable to recognise their loved ones, can respond happily to music from their teenage years. In collaboration with a well known music streaming company and an app developer, we have an app that will deliver personalised digital music playlists, selected by electronic monitoring.
- The first objective is to compile individual favourite music playlists for people living with dementia by measuring emotional responses to music, initially by direct observation.
- To compare wearable physiological sensors (Empatica4 measures movement, pulse rate and volume, temperature and skin conductance) with analysis of facial expressions recorded photographically during exposure to music
- To work with affected families in two care homes, one in Redbourn and one nearby in Sandridge, to use this innovation with facial recognition techniques by 2018, with the option of extending availability to other care homes in the area
How we will achieve our goals
The community award will allow us to develop the use of Face Reader software to detect emotional responses to music, a more reliable and faster approach than we have been able to use in initial studies. With support from community volunteers and families affected, we believe we can develop a new electronic approach for use within 12 months
Where the money will go
The project’s simplicity and promises of collaborations already in place mean that, with funding of £25,000, people living with dementia in two care homes could be using this innovation by 2018, with possible extension to other local care homes. The benefits brought will improve the lives not only of the dementia sufferers but also their families