Dementia is a terrible disease that affects 47.5 million people worldwide. While the medical community attempts to make advancements in the area, one 28-year-old designer has come up with a simple, yet effective, way of helping sufferers.
According to the Good News Network, Chloe Meineck came up with the Music Memory Box after her grandmother was diagnosed with the illness. Meineck would often visit her relative in the nursing home but would be disheartened when her grandmother failed to recognize her. However, Chloe soon noticed that certain songs would remind the woman of stories and memories that she held dear.
After graduating from the University of Brighton, Meineck sent out several prototypes of the memory box to families affected by the illness to see how they would work. Combining music and pictures, the box can help patients remember precious times. Those that received them weren't disappointed.
74-year-old Monica Garrity has been using the box frequently since 2017. Her husband Steve has dementia but is able to be reminded of moments from their marriage by using the music box. Thanks to Meineck's design, they have managed to stay connected to each other.
Using a Kickstarter campaign to get things off the ground, the graduate has been able to produce and send out the first batch of pre-ordered boxes to families in need. You can watch the effect the box has in the video above - just make sure you have some Kleenex handy when you do.
Chloe isn't the first person to make a link between music and dementia. Patients and their families have long-since reported that simple things like smells and sounds seem to bring sufferers comfort, or help them connect to seemingly forgotten memories. As dementia is caused by many different diseases, it's unlikely that there will ever be a straight-out cure for the illness. According to the National Health Service (NHS), researchers are primarily focused on finding cures or diseases that can cause dementia, like Alzheimer's and vascular dementia.
Meineck's contribution goes a long way in aiding families who may often feel like they're losing precious time with their loved ones. You can support the worthy project by donating to the Kickstarter campaign that is still active.