Product Itself:

The product comes with a plug to charge up the battery pack, a USB stick, a set of RFID stickers to stick on the objects, the box itself with the technology inside, and a guide to help someone fill the box.

Ideally the person living with dementia contributes to the box, as well as care staff and or family members. Working together to create something really personal and meaningful.

Our product is of high quality and includes an internal amp and speaker, so that the Music Memory Box has great volume, but also quality.

On the front of the box there is a headphone jack to insert headphones and a volume knob.

The music is uploaded via a USB stick. When the USB stick is inserted the box then talks to you with simple audio instructions leading you through the process. Once the objects have the music ‘attached’ to them, then it is in play mode.

The most effective form of reminiscence is personal and multi-sensory. By Music Memory Box coming as a kit that you fill with objects and music, you can create the most personalised and therefore effective reminiscence tool out there.

We need to pre -sell some of the first batch of products to show the demand for the product, and to get our early customers on board.

Studio Meineck created this product the social design studio – you can read more about them here.

Dementia related:

Unfortunately nothing as yet that we know can halt or prevent the progression of dementia, however it does make the caring for and with someone with dementia more enjoyable and easier. Most importantly it gives the person living with dementia a higher quality of life, more enjoyment, independence, creating better communication with loved ones.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain. There are over 200 subtypes of dementia, but the five most common are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia. Key symptoms could be: forgetfulness in short term memory, change in mood, depression and communication difficulties. For more information head over to Alzheimer’s Society UK

No dementia product will ever say it can help every single person living with dementia, as dementia affects people differently. For some people it is the objects that are important, some the photos, some the music, but it works best when all come together to help the reminiscence.

People have had benefit from the product at all stages of dementia – early, mid and late. We think the ideal use is to fill the box at the early stages of dementia with family members and carers, as memories are fluid and lively. It is a tool to build that can help both the person living with dementia and the family through the stages of dementia.

Aggression, anxiety, boredom, confusion, depression, forgetfulness, independence, isolation, loneliness, sadness, self-identity and self worth.

Reminiscence is a term used in dementia care that can help people living with dementia, by going back to earlier memories from childhood or early adult years, where the memories are likely to be stored in the areas of the brain less affected by dementia, therefore the links to these memories are more solid. Going back in time with your parent, loved one can be a really enjoyable experience for all parties involved. It is less about updating your loved one with what year it is now, and more about supporting the person in whichever time period they are in. The Music Memory Box allows multiple different time periods in reminiscence, as photos from different times can support the person, as well as key pieces of music from different times too.

There are many support organisations and charities to help support you, including Alzheimer’s Society you can find what support is near you here. Local memory cafes can be particularly helpful for both the person living with dementia and the carer.

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