Access to Music

Access to Music

Certification of technological products for people with dementia to support SMEs in innovation and business growth

How can smart technology support people with mild-moderate dementia to benefit from the positive effects of listening to music in daily life? With a focus on the interaction with music, we will study how smart technology can enable human-product-interaction while adapting to loss of initiative.

How can smart technology support people with mild-moderate dementia to benefit from the positive effects of listening to music in daily life? The quality of life of people with dementia decreases rapidly when they experience difficulties in using everyday products and lose initiative. With a focus on the interaction with music, we study how smart technology can enable human-product-interaction while adapting to loss of initiative. As a result, knowledge on interaction design will be developed to help designers create better products for people with dementia.

In a first study, the role of music in the daily lives of people with dementia was explored. Contextmapping was used to gain insight into their needs and barriers related to listening to music. A second study explored how to address loss of initiative in the design of a music player for people with dementia. As part of this study is still ongoing, results of the evaluation of the music player will be published in 2022.

Researcher

Rik Wesselink

Rik Wesselink

Research details

Insights

  • Participants in our study (people with dementia) actively use music for their mental wellbeing.
  • Problems in product-use limit the feeling of autonomy for people with dementia, and hamper listening to preferred music.
  • There are two ways of listening to music, namely music as background, and listening to music as focused activity. Most challenges are experienced in music as focused activity.
  • People with dementia require interfaces that are in line with and can adapt to diminishing capabilities.
  • Loss of initiative should be addressed in the design of products for people with dementia.