They go on to offer some really helpful tips to decide what to use and how to compile a playlist for life (click here) with someone who is already experiencing dementia with some really useful ideas for starting conversations or doing a little detective work for example:
- Did your relative go dancing in their youth? What songs or bands might they have listened to?
- Did he or she go to the cinema and enjoy particular films? Some of the old ones have memorable theme tunes.
- Did he or she ever mention a particular radio or television show? A theme tune could prove evocative. Some people have also responded to dialogue from familiar old programmes.
- Did, or does, your relative go to church and enjoy hymns? What are the favourites? A minister or priest, past or present, might have some suggestions.
- What music did your mum or dad walk down the aisle to? What hymns were sung at their wedding? Which songs did they dance to afterwards?
- Did he or she go to Sunday School as a child, or was a member of the Boys’ Brigade, the Guides or Brownies, or the Scouts? They all have songs associated with them.
- Did your relative sing in a choir – a church choir, perhaps – with a repertoire that others in the choir would remember if he or she does not? The current choir leader would know the perennial favourites.
- Was there a school song that an old school-friend might remember?
- Is your relative of an age to have been in the war, either at home or on the front, and familiar with wartime songs? Which in particular?
- Did your relative play the piano or another instrument? Might there be old sheet music around to give you clues?
- Did he or she play in a band ever? What did the band play?
- Do you yourself remember any records being played at home? Do you have them still? Might a relative or friend have records in the attic you could ask to see?
In case you were wondering - the title of this post comes from Sade, Smooth Operator