Music Memory Box
Music Memory Box is a customisable, multi sensory tool for people living with dementia. Combining objects, music and photos it helps the person living with dementia to reminisce, recollect and reconnect with their loved ones.
While visiting a loved one with dementia, Founding Director Chloe Meineck saw the startling affect familiar music can have on people with dementia. Finding that there was a lack of specialized music products, to alleviate depression, anxiety and confusion she decided to create her own.
Music Memory Box is a personalised, multi-sensory tool for reminiscing. It is essentially a keepsake box, which makes use of RFID technology to allow users to attach pieces of music to individual objects. Placing different objects in the centre of the box will trigger different songs or sounds that relate to the user’s past. The power of familiar music in dementia care is well known as the most successful alternative therapy.
Music Memory Box harnesses music’s special capabilities in order to create a tool for people living with dementia to recollect, reminisce and reconnect with loved ones.
History of project:
Started in 2011 whilst Chloe was on the Three Dimensional Design course at University of Brighton the first Music Memory Box was created. She was then comissioned to develop the project through Watershed's and Crafts Councils Craft + Technology Residencies. Chloe spent January to March 2013 in residency at Falmouth University, supported by the Autonomatic research group. During her time there, Chloe investigated the potential of communal Music Memory Box experiences for care homes. She was then Designer in Residence at the Design Museum to further develop the project which culminated in a four month long exhibition at the Design Musuem.
Music Memory Box has taken Chloe to Japan for a month long residency working with KIITO (Kobe's Creative and Design Centre). Here she travelled round Kobe meeting people with dementia and their families and trying Music Memory Box in a range of different care scenarios.
Music Memory Box was a finalist in the National Dementia Care Awards 2015 in the Most Innovative Product Category.