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A big part of the Sensory Fetishism trend is sensory stimulation, sometimes in places (or senses!) you would least expect it. For instance, there now is the sound of IKEA, inhalable cocktails and tangible music. Aforementioned examples all show you surprising and fun ways companies are playing around with the way we use our senses. However, aside from providing amusing and surprising experiences, multi-sensory commodities can also greatly enhance quality of life when it comes to health benefits.
The Music Memory Box was designed for people with dementia, a relentless disease that can, and ultimately will, take over someone's life. The kit works like a personal jukebox, which needs to be filled with photos, memorabilia, and music (through USB) that’s of significance to the patient. Each item gets a special stick-on-sensor, and once you put the item in the middle of the box, a song from the list will start playing. This combination of stimuli greatly boosts the chance of unlocking the patient’s memories. Check out the video to see how it works exactly.
Music is a powerful tool that can take us back in time and make us remember places we’ve visited or people we’ve met. The creator of the Music Memory Box, Chloe Meineck, saw the healing effect music can have on people while visiting her great grandmother living with dementia. She couldn’t remember Chloe, but when one of her favourite songs came up, she could suddenly remember the lyrics and a bunch of memories came flooding back to her. This stuck with Chloe for many years, and eventually lead to her creating the first Music Memory Box.
Of course, the box doesn’t cure dementia, but it helps create those special moments for everyone involved. The process of filling the box is a very precious process in itself, as it’s like taking a trip down memory lane together with family, friends and the person with dementia. Ideally. The next step would be to also include smell in this process, as research shows that smell can be one of the biggest memory triggers.
See you later this week, when we’ll continue our sensory deep dive.