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Offering Choice for Music-lovers with Dementia


People with dementia
Alzheimer's disease
Parkinson's disease
Movement disorders
Music therapy groups
Familiar, much-loved music can offer profound benefits for the elderly and those living with dementia. The UK-designed and manufactured 'Simple Music Player' offers exceptional build and sound quality - and it's so simple to use!
Your special music or audio book will enhance the listening experience. We offer your favourite choice of music at no extra cost.
Retro Red $299 exc. Freight

Burr Walnut $349 exc. Freight
Racing Green $299 exc. Freight

Easy to operate!

To operate the Simple Music Player, there are just three controls:
  • Start playing music - just lift the lid
  • Skip this song - press the big button
  • Stop the music - close the lid
The music will continue from where it was last stopped. Volume is set by depressing concealed buttons underneath the unit: press and hold for a few seconds to alter volume.
A green socket is provided at the rear for your headphones.
If you are experienced at transferring files, you could load your own tunes. Download this PDF for detailed instructions.
Download this PDF for technical Specifications.
More information? Click 'Read more' below.

  • Why is the burr-walnut version more expensive?
    A special technique and a more expensive production process is used to achieve this attractive finish. The casing is vacuum formed not injection moulded for the burr-walnut version.

  • How many tunes can be uploaded?
    The internal memory is set at a minimum of 4GB or 'far more than you probably need'. Obviously the length of individual songs, and the file format has an influence on the capacity but typically this can be 1500 - 2000 songs (over three days worth of continual play, which then loops back to the beginning). To some extent this is an academic question since most people with dementia are more than happy with a much smaller song list of, say, 25 familiar tunes.

  • Can I use headphones?
    There is a headphone socket provided in the rear of the unit. Plugging in headphones immediately cuts out the main speaker. The socket is the light green one, the same as on your computer.

  • What are the two other sockets on the back panel?
    These sockets override the ’ON/OFF’ and ’NEXT TRACK’ controls for use with third-party switches.

  • Does it upload from Apple devices?
    'Yes', Simple Music Players have an Apple compatible USB interface. It can handle the .m4a file format directly from iTunes (Please note that it is not an Apple device so it cannot play 'Apple protected' .m4p downloads).

  • Many free file converters can be downloaded from the internet which convert your music into MP3 format. Don’t be too concerned about which version of MP3 file you have, the Simple Music Player handles them all. However, for best results convert you files into mono and choose a higher bit rate (greater than 128kbs).

  • When I use remote switches it stops when I press the switch but starts when I release is again?
    You have the main lid open. To use external or remote switches you need the lid to be in the down position.
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  Introducing Arthur the Musical Bear

Arthur the Musical Bear offers the profound benefit of targeted music for people with cognitive challenges such as dementia, autism and learning difficulties. Combined with the widely accepted advantages of 'doll therapy' and sensory modulation, familiar tunes can provide a path to unlocking feelings of security and self-worth in senior citizens and those with dementia and Alzheimer's.
It is most important that Arthur has music that is meaningful to the person with cognitive challenges; songs that have special resonance for the elderly from their younger years. When ordering, please let us know your choice of album or artist to be loaded into Arthur.

Arthur's left hand paw has an internal switch; the “paws button”. Give it a squeeze and you will feel a small click. This will start or stop the music and is the only the control you will normally need to use.  The music is then programmed to play in random order.

  • The most important thing is for Arthur to have the right tunes for the person with the cognitive challenges. He has a very large memory which can typically hold 1500-2000 tunes, but this is far more than most people need.

  • Arthur has very tactile fur made from 'terry cloth'. This is soft cotton-based material, and has proven to be the favourite texture. Also to be extra safe, Arthur's eyes are embroidered, not buttons. To make Arthur that bit more cosy, he's put some extra weight on around his hips so he can sit more comfortably and feel like a bear of substance.

  • Loading tunes is easy and just needs some simple steps to be followed:

    1) Open the Velcro on Arthur's back and gently pull out the black box to gain easier access

    2) Plug in the USB cable provided. One end into Arthur, the other into your computer

    3) Squeeze Arthur's left paw (The 'paws button') and the file system should pop-up on your computer

    4) You can now 'drag and drop' or 'cut and paste' your chosen tunes

    5) Finally, squeeze Arthur's left paw again, disconnect the cable, put the box back and close the poppers.

  • Simple Music Players have an Apple-compatible USB interface. It can handle the .m4a file format directly from iTunes (Please note that it is not an Apple device so it cannot play 'Apple protected' .m4p downloads).

  • I haven't got files in MP3 format. What do I do?
    MP3 is a generic term for this type of player; the Simple Music Player can handle several popular file formats listed below:

    .mp3 "MP3 format sound"
    .m4a "MPEG4 Audio"
    .wma "Windows Media Audio"
    .aac "ADTS Audio"
    .wav "WAVE sound"

    Many free file converters can be downloaded from the internet which convert your music into MP3 format. Don’t be too concerned about which version of MP3 file you have, the Simple Music Player handles them all. However, for best results convert you files into mono and choose a higher bit rate (greater than 128kbs).

  • Arthur is Light Brown/Beige, weighs 1kg, and 38cm (Ear to Toe), 36cm (Paw to Paw), 13cm (Tum to Tail)
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The Memory Lane Story

In 2008, our mum suffered a series of mini-strokes resulting in symptoms of dementia. She was a classical music-lover and a talented piano teacher who positively influenced the lives of many young people. Her increasing inability to operate her beloved stereo was difficult for us to observe and set us on a path to find an easy-to-operate solution that could benefit others.

Our search eventually lead us to the 'Simple Music Player' designed especially for those with dementia, Alzheimer's, and similar cognitive challenges.

We discovered that familiar, much-loved music can offer profound benefits for those living with dementia and that playing recognisable music can be a key to enhancing mental well-being and social engagement far beyond its value as entertainment.


How to Order

Simply email or call us with your choice of colour and a preferred album.

We will email you an invoice. On receipt of payment, we will freight your item. Please remember your contact details and any special requests when ordering.

Shipping to Hamilton, Wellington,
Christchurch and Dunedin can often be overnight delivery with provincial and rural NZ taking slightly longer.

Pricing & freight

$299
$299
$349
$199
 Tracked Courier to:
 Auckland $9.00
 North Island $15
 South Island $32
 Rural delivery $3 extra
 All prices include GST