Music & Memory Tablet Engagement Project

Improving Quality of Life Through Personalized Digital Experiences

As technology evolves, tablet computers are becoming increasingly useful and affordable. Caregivers can use tablets to connect with care recipients through personalized photos, videos, recorded stories and activities. The following course provides care organizations with training on using the iPad to engage residents and save meaningful content.

  • During the course, caregivers will explore personally relevant songs, photos, videos and activities on the tablet.
  • Personalized content will be saved to a password-protected, private webpage.
  • Personalized webpages can be selectively shared with professional caregivers and family members.

Creating Personalized Webpages

Learning how to engage a person via tablet activities is a simple three step process. Our training and online course will guide you through the following phases:

#1 - Identify Joyful Topics

Gather information regarding the topics that are central to a person's identity and sense of purpose, including cultural traditions, family customs, spiritual beliefs, hobbies and passions.

 Take note of topics that are likely to evoke joyful memories such as family, food, pets, religion, music and occupation.

#2 - Explore the Tablet

Follow our suggestions for exploring a tablet. For many people with memory loss, the tablet is foreign so the style and progression of exploration is key.

 Exploring a tablet with a person that has Alzheimer's or a related dementia can be challenging. Focus on establishing emotional trust prior to introducing the tablet.

#3 - Save Meaningful Content

When you discover a digital experience that a person enjoys, it can be relived regularly. Use our survey to document the experience and add music, photos, video links or notes to a person's digital memory page.


Aspects of Tablet Engagement

Our approach helps caregivers utilize free apps to build emotional trust.

  • Listen to Music - Listen to purchased music through iTunes or stream practically any song using YouTube.
  • Save and Organize Photos - Save images from the web, save photos from email or scan old photographs.
  • Record Stories - Create a video by recording a familiar voice talking over top of photographs.  
  • Explore Relevant Apps - There are countless apps for learning, puzzles, art, games and relaxation. Explore activities that might appeal to a person's interests or purpose.

Frequently Asked Questions


1. How much does the Tablet Engagement program cost?

The Tablet Engagement program is designed around free digital activities. An everyday technology, such as YouTube, can help bring joy to the life of a person with memory loss. Our mission is to spread awareness and help people get started.

We offer dedicated training for care organizations, including customized tablets, surveys, reports and personalized resident webpages. Contact us for details and pricing.


2. Our care organization is already short staffed. How will we have the time to engage people one-to-one?

Discovering the music, photos and videos that resonate with a person requires individual engagement. For organizations with limited resources, the discovery process is most challenging.

To get started, our team recommends focusing on a handful of residents and allocating at least one hour per week for discovery. Once you learn a person’s preferences, incorporate tablet engagement into daily care plans. This might be as simple as playing a favorite song while getting dressed or reminiscing with specific photos when a person is longing for home.

As you learn each individual's preferences, rotate the residents that participate in the discovery sessions. Many communities also leverage family, student and community volunteers to help with the process.


3. We are already using dementia care technology. How is this different?

There are numerous dementia care technology devices and platforms. If your community is already using one, then you understand the benefits of digital engagement. There are a few key differences:

Digital Memories is an approach that involves using a variety of free web services. It is not proprietary, thus eliminating costs for specialized hardware and licensing.

Digital Memories is focused on saving personal content. While many tablet activities can be adapted for group engagement, our approach focuses on curating personally meaningful music, photos and videos.

Families can participate by sharing Digital Memories. Since you will be using popular web services, anyone that has a connection to the Internet can contribute music, photos and videos.

4. Are resident webpages HIPAA compliant?

To ensure HIPAA compliance, resident webpages will be de-identified: webpages will be organized via participant numbers and will not include health information that identifies or provides a reasonable basis to identify an individual. Digital privacy is a top priority. Contact us for details about our security policies including storage, encryption, consent forms and password protections.