The beneficial effects of music on people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have been studied for some time. Scientists believe those benefits are due to many of music’s naturally healing properties, such as its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia, reduce depression and reduce anxiety.
Chloe Meineck observed these effects firsthand during visits with her great-grandmother, but she wanted to do more to channel those positive memories for her grandmother. So she developed the Music Memory Box, a product that uses technology and music to reduce stress in dementia patients.
Music Memory Box’s Kickstarter campaign explains that the product allows users to embed photos in the bottom of the box lid. When lifting the lid, users must tag a handful of small, portable items that were personal to the recipient using the kit’s included censors. The device can also be programmed so that interactions with any object trigger a song that is personal to the recipient.
Time and again, dance music has specifically shown its strengths in improving the minds of its listeners, including in one such recent study led by Dr. Claire Howlin, a psychology researcher at University College Dublin, who discovered that electronic music has the ability to reduce pain.
The general health benefits associated with music can vary, of course, depending on one’s ability to personally resonate with specific songs. Another example is that another study found that EDM is the best and worst sleep aid at the same time.
The makers of Music Memory Box have so far exceeded the Kickstarter target, raking in £27,174 in orders from 236 backers at the time of writing.