- Imagine if GPs prescribed a playlist to everyone with dementia at the point of diagnosis.
- Imagine if there were digital volunteers in every library in the country, using the computers to make a playlist for anyone who got stuck with technology.
- Imagine if every NHS area had an in-house Music Detective trainer so that all staff knew how to find personal music and use it – whether someone is on a trolley in A&E, admitted as an in-patient or simply coming in for a chiropody appointment.
You can help make this happen.
Sign up as a Playlist for Life supporter at the foot of the website.
Write to your elected representatives (visit They Work For You and you can send them an email right now). Tell your representative about the power of music and your experience with playlists.
- MPs/ MSPs/ AMs: Ask them to request that the Health Minister investigate letting GPs prescribe starter playlists, available free at the point of need, on the NHS. Playlist for Life has calculated that this could be delivered for everyone with dementia in the UK for less than £10million.
- Local councillors: Ask them to get all the local libraries signed up as Playlist for Life Help Points and get Music Detective training for all digital volunteers.
Volunteer – if you have some free time, we would always love to welcome you as a volunteer or to set up a Help Point.
Playlist for Life is campaigning for all these things as our contribution to Music for Dementia 2020, an umbrella campaign which arose from the expert Commission on Dementia and Music report published in January 2018 and backed by the Utley Foundation. The report included the recommendation that:
“Given the relative affordability of digital interventions, we want all people with dementia to be able to access interventions such as (but not limited to) Playlist for Life by 2020”