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How to turn Music Into

Care Aid - Wellbeing - and a help Engine for the Brain

Welcome on MusicShelter a Site for Go Getters

My name is Ignar Rip. I come from Rotterdam, a city in Holland famous for its go-getter mentality.

Turning music into a help engine for the brain and providing care assistance and wellbeing can only be made possible through trial and error. As you will see, this is a site for doers, not thinkers.

Trial & Error is my motto for healthcare, since only by asking and trying can you find out what the person to whom you provide care likes or dislikes.

This is the only way to realize true individual and personal care. For me, there is no other way to provide care.

All else is just going through the motions or following the rules or the regulations, anyway it’s not care which you would like to get when you become care independent.

Everybody is Different everybody Deserves to be Give an Individual Plan that's best Suited for them


That is why I will not tell you to do something or play any one piece of music. Instead, I offer you a method, tools and inspirational material, to help you find the music that resonates with each care recipient.

But you need to get busy, either for yourself or for others. You need to act! Find the right music, compile care-based playlists and try them out. It will help you along every step of the way.

I have tried to make this site as easy to read and as brief as possible. The pages are divided into clear sections, so you can find the information easily. I have made short intro films and longer films for those who prefer to listen to the content of a page rather than read it.

I have collected videos with documentaries about music, inspirational YouTube videos for music in the 15-25 age range, as well as examples of sounds, since particular sounds can also be an aid to sleeping, providing relaxation or bringing back memories, despite the dementia.


You can turn music into a help engine for the brain, an aid to care and well-being. I continue working on the site and more pages will follow. I also blog and vlog and speak on PodShelter.

I do everything in my power to make things easy for you. Do not miss new tools and inspirational material, subscribe to Blog & More.

If you find there is something missing or if you have great tips, tweet or email me. Your ideas can be very valuable to others and can make someone very happy!

It is my goal that you discover which music becomes your aid to care and which songs or sounds create wellbeing and become a help engine for the brain.

It is that specific moment when the magic and power of music enters your life!


You need to find your way in life as a caregiver or as a patient. Managing your life with a chronic illness should be done in such a way that the illness does not dominate your life but becomes a part of it, just like any other aspect of your life.

You can only discover this by doing, trying, falling down, standing up and trying again. This is also how you discover hidden treasures of care!

You may find, for example, that you can do morning care more easily and in half the time by singing and dancing with someone who has Parkinson’s Disease.


Happiness can be brought to the breakfast table because you painted a wall yellow in the bedroom of your child with autism.

You can break the cycle of repetitive questions of your partner with Alzheimer’s Disease by playing Glenn Miller.

Aggression during showers can be eliminated with a rug on the cold bathroom floor for your special-needs child.

Your mother with dementia may not run off thanks to that old typewriter you bought for her.

Sleeping through the night can be brought about by the sound of a campfire.


A sleeping pill,  an aid for convalescence, a painkiller. Music also helps people with Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, autism and depression.

Music helps those with mental or physical disabilities and is also a powerful tool for convalescence, which is very important after a stroke, seizure or other serious conditions.

Music from the 15-25 age range helps lonely and slightly disoriented people remember how to solve problems and how they did things in the past, as it makes them feel “on top of the world” again, just like when they were young.

Go to The MusicGuide, where you can find tools and methods for turning personal music favourites into powerful aids.


Music, or better yet, care-based playlists reduce the caregiver’s burden. This burden is the stress experienced by caregivers in a home-care setting.

This subjective burden is one of the most important predictors of negative care outcomes, not only for the caregivers themselves but also for those in need of care.

Care-based playlists are a double-edged sword, which help both the caregiver and those requiring care.

Sound of an old propeller plane
Music on the brain
Rock & Roll hits from the 50s and 60s

Train Sounds On Spotify


This, too, is a double-edged sword. It provides both ease of care and feelings of happiness, safety and homeliness to people wandering in the dementia haze.

When you believe that a person with dementia is still a person with their own identity and preferences, when you believe that people with dementia are entitled to their own favourite music and should not be forced to listen to music they dislike, then Ignar’s Dementia Guide is for you.

The guide has Two Rules and Three Tools. 


The person with dementia is your care guide


Everything you do for a person with dementia is coming back to you


of music for improved interaction and ease of contact

Chronic pain? Listening to music can reduce chronic pain by up to 25%

Parkinson? Music helps the movement & mood of parkinson’s patients

Dementia? Music favourites become a beacon in the dementia haze

Music help cancer patients manage better stress & anxiety

Had a stroke? Music improves stroke patients’ recovery

Are you a caregiver? Music is your life saver!

Music makes people happy!


You may come across the Fab Academy on this website. That is because I am an ambassador of The Academy of Fabulous Stuff, a clearinghouse of inspirational ideas.

The Academy is the place to share ideas about how to do things right, your success stories and where you can find answers to your problems.


You are likely to come across pictures of me wearing and sharing Pinksocks. No, I do not own stocks in Pinksocks!

Pinksocks stands for putting humans centre stage when it comes to healthcare worldwide. The founder of the Pinksocks tribe is Nick Adkins.

Knowing how important I find the people you povide care for to be your “musical and care guides”, it should come as no surprise that I wear and share Pinksocks.

Find out more about these amazing socks on the Pinksocks page, as well as lots of photos of me giving away these socks.

Dr. Oliver Sacks – The Grateful Dead and The Power of Music
Sound of a relaxing Train journey
110 Great Disco Songs (70’s & 80’s)

Wake Up Music On Spotify

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