The Simple Music Player - MP3 music box for Alzheimer's and dementia.
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The Simple Music Player is designed for people with Alzheimer's, dementia or related conditions. It has only three controls: lift the lid to start the music playing, push the big button for the next song, and close the lid to stop the music. Volume is controlled by hidden switches under the device, so users cannot accidentally make the music too soft or too loud. Playing music to people with dementia from their formative years vastly improves their cognizance and lucidity - the effects are dramatic, and are widely recognized by dementia and Alzheimer professionals. Research has confirmed both the benefits of providing people who have dementia with music they remember, and the need for easy operation that such people require. The restorative effect of music therapy vastly improves the quality of life at home, mental well-being, and promotes independent living rather than relying on institutional resources. The beneficial effects of music for people with dementia are quite outstanding; both for improving the quality of life, especially when living alone, and for its healthy restorative effects on cognizance and lucidity. A recurring problem however, has been the difficulties people with dementia face when trying to operate modern music playing equipment. Remembering how controls operate or manipulation of knobs, non-tactile buttons, and an array of confusing symbols all limit access to this well proved benefit.
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It seems like this should be an easy problem to solve but it isn't. I spent hours on Amazon reading product reviews and manuals, and more hours going to Best Buy and office supply stores to examine their offerings. Nothing was suitable. Everything requires many delicate button presses to turn on, select the appropriate input source, select the song (so it doesn't always play the same song first), etc. etc.
After hours of searching, I had the idea to search for "Alzheimer's music player" and landed on The Simple Music Player. It looked perfect. My family originally balked at the price for something that seems like it should be so simple and cheap. But it was really the only option we had and it ended up being absolutely perfect. My grandmother loved it. In the end, it was money very well spent. Five stars, no question. If you are considering this product, you should probably just buy it immediately!
1) The pre-loaded music is all instrumental, big band arrangments. Not good for someone who wants to sing along and listen to the words.
2) You can download your own music, but to do that, you will need a usb-to-usb cable. (Male on both ends). Those are surprisingly hard to find; I recommend buying the cord on line when you buy the player.
3) You'll need to go on-line for any instructions beyond "how to turn this on".
That said, the sound quality is nice and the controls are perfect for even someone with advanced dementia. The design is brilliant; no settings they can accidentally change. Put a cord in with the player, and you'll get 5 stars from me!
Update: being that she lives in a nursing home and lots of her items have gone missing, I wanted to insure this music player stayed put. I talked to the manufacturer and learned the player is actually made of wood. I was able to attach a small lock on the back and then secured it with a small cable to her end table. I drilled hole in the back of the end table, secure a cable clamp inside hidden behind the drawer. It will take pliers and some effort to take (or cable cutter 😔) it if wanted. It also prevents my ward from moving it or dropping it.
Edited: I finally fixed it when I located the picture below that labeled the various holes on the back of the player. I remember putting the power cord in the wrong port, and must have activated the "pause" feature. I simply used my earbuds tips (put a pen would do) and pressed it again to activate the "play" again. Hope this helps.
I went to the website & figured out how to format the music box to work with my Mac. It was fairly easy & after that, it’s just drag & drop. The time consuming part was finding & selecting the music to be loaded. All in all, it’s well worth the time it takes to set it up.
My only suggestions to improve this product would be to make a volume knob easily accessible (mom can handle one knob and some songs are just louder/quieter than others) and figure out a way to access Pandora. It would be much easier for me to pick a great station than find & download a limited assortment of songs.
Music is loaded exactly like any other USB drive. Music must be in MP3 format. It will not work with iTunes music, because it's the wrong format, but there's plenty of good music of all types on the internet in MP3 format.
You actually have to take a paper clip and put it in one of the two holes in the back Just to simply adjust the volume.
I haven't figured out how to play my own music through it 😏