For patients suffering from dementia, the benefits of listening to music are significant, both for quality of life and for improving cognizance and lucidity. The design of this Simple Music Player (2014) — a pre-loaded MP3 player — is radically simplified for ease of operation, and it appears non-threatening and recognizably familiar.
Once pre-loaded with the individual’s favorite music or an audio book, the user can activate — or stop — play by simply lifting the lid.
Designed by Lyndon Owen, Maurice Thompson and Bruce Barnet. Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in Manhattan as Part of the Exhibit, Access and Ability.
I read this afternoon on Boing Boing about the plight of a true pioneer of rock criticism – and the founder of Crawdaddy Magazine, Paul Williams, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 1995 after falling from his bike, necessitating major brain surgery. Due to his injuries, Paul now suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s. Paul’s wife, the fantastic folk singer/songwriter Cindy Lee Berryhill (whose song “Steve on H” is truly one of the most transcendent pop songs of all time) is understandably having difficulty managing his required full time care. It’s just a very sad story. A few of Paul’s friends have set up a website both as a tribute to his life and work and in order to make an appeal for help. Times are tight all over, I know, but if you feel inclined please visit Paul Williams Website and Support Fund. Even if a donation to help support and care for Paul isn’t possible, you can find out more about him and read some of his work on the site as well.