As part of our commitment to improving the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, we are excited to invite you to participate in ethically approved research to be conducted by The Global Centre for Modern Ageing (GCMA) and Dementia Australia. The purpose of the research is to quantify the impact of personalised music on the carers of people living with dementia and their loved ones!
GCMA are looking to recruit Australians who care for someone living with dementia to take part in the trial. The trial involves the carer and their loved one listening to three or more music sessions per week for a minimum of 20 minutes each session, for a three-week trial period. At the end of the trial, carers will be invited to a short interview to share their experiences with using Vera - a new music product designed for people living with dementia.
In return for participation, both the carer and their loved one will each receive a $50 gift voucher for every week they participate in the trial. They will also receive a free year's subscription of Vera.
The trial will run from the 2nd – 23rd December.
GCMA are interested in hearing from individuals who:
- Live in Australia
- Are aged 18 or over
- Are a primary carer or family member of some who identifies as living with mild or early-stage dementia (e.g. spouse, child or close relative)
- Live with the person with dementia, who has adequate hearing and can listen to music
- Are comfortable with listening to music and have access to a digital device (e.g. smart-phone, tablet, laptop or computer) with a Wi-Fi connection
- Are willing to have the required training to use Vera prior to trial
- Have experience and access to the Zoom application for video calls
If you would like to participate, please contact Angelina.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vera is a carer tool designed to easily incorporate personalised music into the daily routine of people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Vera acts like a detective using some basic clues to find the song from the past that are attached to memories. Using AI-technology, Vera helps people with dementia and their carers by playing them “the right music for their mind” by acting as a digital radio with three personalised stations - Relax, Energise and Reminisce. Vera discovers the music you grew up with through a simple questionnaire as part of the signup process, pairing those songs with others that will help maximise positive brain stimulation. This information forms your personal “Music DNA” allowing Vera to find the perfect songs for you. Vera then acts as a digital radio, containing three playlists that are each designed to be integrated into the daily routine of care: Energise plays music that gives an extra boost for the day, and helps to motivate. Relax plays music that helps calm the body and mind. Reminisce plays the songs from a listener’s past. It’s looking for those songs that you haven’t heard in years, but as soon as they play you remember every word! These songs open the floodgates for positive memories and emotion, stimulating our ability to recall information and improving our brain health!