Title

music memory box – How can music product reawaken lost memories in people living with dementia?

 

Field of Study

  • dementia
  • memory triggered by distinct senses
  • RFID technology

 

Context

In this project, I explore the function of music to evoke the memory of the people with dementia. I will investigate:

  • dementia in historical, social, theoretical context
  • how memory work with visual, aural, haptic senses in formal, theoretical context
  • RFID system in technological and theoretical context

 

Rationale

When visiting my grandmother in the years she suffered with dementia, I was amazed to find that despite the jumbled and unreliable nature of her memories, my grandmother’s musical recall was impeccable. She would sit at the piano and play dozens of hymns by heart, with the music evoking emotions and memories that were previously inaccessible or incoherent. Then I started to consider to create something that could help.

 

Methodology

  • Research

-research about dementia and memory

-visit and interview aged people and their families to know their experience and what they would want from the object.

  • experiment

-test RFID with object and music

-music box prototype experiment with people with dementia

 

Organisation

  1. visit and interview aged people and their families to know their experience and what they would want from the object.  Then taking elements from this conversation.
  2. Based on what I get from research, make prototype and test with aged people. Record the process.
  3. Learn from feedback and test literately.
  4. Think about the suitable form-classic wireless radios

 

Predicted Resolutions

I am willing to create a wooden box containing objects chosen by the owner to represent friends, family and key memories. As each object is picked up and held, the box plays a specific piece of music, encouraging the owner to recall memories from their life. From that, think about how everyone sometimes has a fading or confusing sense of identity and how everyone might benefit from my work.