26 January 2024

10 years of Playlist for Life

Three musicians performing on a stage, two are playing guitars, the other a mouth organ

Playlist for Life is a music and dementia charity founded by writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson after the death of her mother, Mamie, who had dementia. Their vision is simple: they want everyone with dementia to have a unique, personalised playlist and everyone who loves or cares for them to know how to use it.

Playlist for Life harnesses the powerful effects of personal music to help anyone who is affected by dementia, their families and carers. Whether it's the music from a first dance, lullabies from childhood or a theme tune from a favourite TV show, music has the ability to take us back in time and remind us of our past, giving you that flashback feeling. Sharing your songs and memories can help people living with dementia connect with family, friends and carers.

The charity recently celebrated its tenth anniversary and highlighted a concert held in the Old Fruitmarket with support from Glasgow Life, as one of the highlights of their 10th year. The concert in September last year brought together people living with dementia, families, carers, supporters of Playlist for Life and music fans for a special evening of music and memories. Providing entertainment for the evening were: Alzheimer's Scotland Every Voice Choir, The Bluebells, The Twilight Sad, Theo Bleak, Curlew and Man of Moon. Attended by over 300 guests, it was a special evening to celebrate 10 years of the charity and encourage everyone to get started on their own personalised playlist.

Find out more at playlistforlife.org.uk.