Caring for elderly relatives

Playlist for Life

Sally Magnusson

The Playlist for Life charity, founded by Sally Magnusson aims to make it possible for every person with dementia - whether in their own home or in a care setting - to have access to a playlist of personally meaningful music from their past life, delivered via an iPod. There is mounting evidence that if people with dementia are offered frequent access to the music in which their past experience and memories are embedded, it can improve their present mood, their awareness, their ability to understand and think and their sense of identity and independence.

Client Welfare Manager Jo Downie is part of the Playlist for Life team and has been assisting Sally and the charity with valuable research and development since 2013. Jo Downie and Fiona Shand are working closely with some of our clients with dementia and their families to compile playlists and to ensure that they have the requisite equipment to listen to their music either in the care home or in their own homes.

In May 2014 Sally Magnusson gave an informative and moving account of Playlist for Life at the Balfour+Manson Charity Law Conference. Sally also spoke of her book 'Where Memories Go' which documents her own experiences with her mother and dementia - her inspiration for Playlist for Life.

Playlist For Life

Balfour+Manson raised over £2600 for Playlist for Life in 2014 and the Welfare team are continuing the support the charity with their publicity and research.

To learn more about Playlist for Life and the work the team are doing please visit www.playlistforlife.org.uk