Music Recommendation System for Old People with Dementia and Other Age-related Conditions

Miriam Allalouf, Avi Cohen, Lea Sabban, Ayelet Dassa, Sagi Marciano, Stella Beris

Abstract

The worldwide increase in life expectancy can be accompanied by age-related degenerative conditions such as dementia. Dementia poses significant challenges for which music is a beneficial non-pharmacological intervention. Based on research and clinical expertise we developed a web-based system, termed Tamaringa, that builds and displays customized playlists. The recommendation mechanism incorporates an old person's age, birthplace, and popular songs from their youth. That particular range is known as being most accessible to seniors in terms of memory. Although there are a lot of repositories containing metadata and information about music, there is no single repository that addresses all our requirements in terms of specific metadata, range query application programming interfaces (API) capability and popularity information. This study explores the APIs of several repositories in order to populate our internal database with suitable songs that are required for accurate personalized recommendation. A preliminary promising pilot enabled twenty-four residents in an assisted living facility in Israel to engage and enjoy the music recommendation system. Personalized playlists were created using the system; the medical staff reports were positive. Further research will help to develop our system and eventually to integrate its use both in assisted living facilities and at home.

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Allalouf M., Cohen A., Sabban L., Dassa A., Marciano S. and Beris S. (2020). Music Recommendation System for Old People with Dementia and Other Age-related Conditions.In Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF, ISBN 978-989-758-398-8, pages 429-437. DOI: 10.5220/0008959304290437


in Bibtex Style

@conference{healthinf20,
author={Miriam Allalouf and Avi Cohen and Lea Sabban and Ayelet Dassa and Sagi Marciano and Stella Beris},
title={Music Recommendation System for Old People with Dementia and Other Age-related Conditions},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF,},
year={2020},
pages={429-437},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0008959304290437},
isbn={978-989-758-398-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF,
TI - Music Recommendation System for Old People with Dementia and Other Age-related Conditions
SN - 978-989-758-398-8
AU - Allalouf M.
AU - Cohen A.
AU - Sabban L.
AU - Dassa A.
AU - Marciano S.
AU - Beris S.
PY - 2020
SP - 429
EP - 437
DO - 10.5220/0008959304290437