Treat dementia through music

Sentic is a music player reimagined for dementia patients. Users upload music to the player via a dedicated app. Once loaded with music, Sentic is operated using a tangible interface that encourages touch and play. The player is designed to be fully customizable, encouraging users to personalize its appearance and their experience. This process of personalization has been shown to increase feelings of control and self-reliance amongst those suffering dementia, while the music improves mood and triggers memories.

Myrte Thoolen

  • Myrte Thoolen
    Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

    Myrte Thoolen is currently a PhD candidate at Eindhoven University of Technology, 26 years old and living in the Netherlands. She received a bachelor’s degree in Information and Communication Technology from Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, the Netherlands, and a master’s degree in Industrial Design from Eindhoven University of Technology. Her current research focuses on the dynamics in characteristics of people living with dementia and how this affects the design of new technologies and services. Users are actively involved in the study to develop new technologies and designing proposals to best cater to their needs. As a result, in-context implementations of beneficial and sustainable technologies will be carried out to investigate abilities to self-manage social, physical, and emotional challenges and to finally support an independent living of people with mild to moderate dementia as long as possible.more

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