Music recommendation system for old people with dementia and other age-related conditions

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHEALTHINF 2020 - 13th International Conference on Health Informatics, Proceedings; Part of 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2020
EditorsFederico Cabitza, Ana Fred, Hugo Gamboa
PublisherSciTePress
Pages429-437
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789897583988
StatePublished - 2020
Event13th International Conference on Health Informatics, HEALTHINF 2020 - Part of 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2020 - Valletta, Malta
Duration: 24 Feb 202026 Feb 2020

Publication series

NameHEALTHINF 2020 - 13th International Conference on Health Informatics, Proceedings; Part of 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2020

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Health Informatics, HEALTHINF 2020 - Part of 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2020
Country/TerritoryMalta
CityValletta
Period24/02/2026/02/20

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Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Digital ageing
  • Machine learning algorithms
  • Music information retrieval
  • Music metadata mining
  • Music recommendation system
  • Music repository
  • Music-based intervention

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