About the Effects of Music on Dementia
To understand the power behind the Song Spinner, you might want to review some current information about music and the brain. We recommend the book: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by renowned author and neurologist Oliver Sacks. Much of the thinking that went into the design of the Song Spinner started in this book by Dr. Sacks.
While you’re waiting for the book, you can start with some bite-sized bits of information from the Web.
- From Todays’ Geriatric Medicine: Music Therapy in Dementia Treatment — Recollection Through Sound
- From AARP: The Healing Power of Music
- From A Place for Mom: Music Therapy for Dementia
- From the Alzheimer’s Association blog: Caregivers Take Note – Music as Therapy
- From Chattanooga Times Free Press: Hymns, Hits and Helping Hands
- From Grandpad: Music and the Brain
- From Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: Music Therapy
About the Use of Toys and Games for People with Dementia
If you’re interested in understanding how toys, games, and gamification can benefit people with Alzheimer’s, these articles provide an introduction.
- From Best Alzheimer’s Products: Toys for People with Alzheimer’s
- From Columbia News Service: Experts Prescribe Children’s Toys for Alzheimer’s Patients
- From Alzheimer’s Reading Room: How Important is Play for Alzheimer’s Patients in the Late Stages?
About Designing for the Elderly
The following articles discuss issues related to accessible design as it relates to older users.
- From W3C: Web Accessibility and Older People: Meeting the Needs of Ageing Web Users
- From W3C: Accessibility Principles
- From W3C: Web Accessibility for Older Users: A Literature Review
- From Smashing Magazine: Designing For The Elderly: Ways Older People Use Digital Technology Differently
- From the American Foundation for the Blind: Tips for Making Print More Readable
- From WebAIM: Visual Disabilities
- From the American Foundation for the Blind: Creating Accessible Websites
- From Accessible Tech: Are Touch Screens Accessible?
- From the US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health: Touch Screen Performance by Individuals With and Without Motor Control Disabilities