A playlist for life

'One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.' Bob Marley

We bumped into Playlist for Life at a conference last year and were hooked immediately. It's such a simple idea. Music makes you happy. Tapping into the strong memories that music generates can transform the mood of someone with dementia. Playlist for Life is a tool that helps carers find those nuggets of the past to play for their loved ones.

I have trained to run a PfL help point and it's now up and running at New Kilpatrick Church Halls in Bearsden. To get people talking about it we invited everyone to nominate their five big tunes and say a bit about why they matter... results shown in the images below. Some lovely memories came to the surface.

With this festival, we have an opportunity to help more people find out about and try this for themselves, meeting the festival's aim to celebrate the impact of the arts on our mental health.

So we have Andy Lowndes, co-founder of Playlist for Life with broadcaster and novelist Sally Magnussen, speaking at our Power of Music event on Wednesday 15 May and giving us an insight into his work as the Music Detective, helping people living with dementia and their families to track down the music that has formed the soundtrack to their lives.

And we'll be raising funds for Playlist for Life at our Silent Disco on Saturday 12 May - a family event for everyone who enjoys putting on the headphones and dancing away. Singing badly allowed.

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