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Bespoke Music Box Helps Dementia Patients Remember [Pics]

Graduate student uses music and RFID technology to evoke and helo recover memories of elderly people.

Yi Chen
Yi Chen on October 8, 2012. @yiiee

People dealing with dementia often have problems with their memory and cognitive thinking. It’s not only frustrating for the patient failing to recall a special moment in their lives, but can also be disheartening for the family. To tackle this issue, Chloe Meineck, a University of Brighton graduate, has created the Music Memory Box at Trent London. The bespoke music box is placed with unique items that are embedded with RFID technology. When the item is placed in the center of the box, a certain piece of music is played.

Meineck spent two years conducting research into the positive effect of familiar music for those with dementia, and how sounds can intensify certain memories. The music box was especially developed for a lady named Barbara and the objects reminded her of specific people or places in her life. The Music Memory Box was part of the London Design Festival.

Click through the images below to see more of the music box.

Chloe Meineck

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