A group of students in Drogheda are hoping an initiative which uses music to rekindle past memories in people with dementia will be rolled out across the country.

The TY initiative called "Music and Memory" is part of a St Mary's Diocesan 'Pay it Forward' theme.

Studies have shown that music makes people who are living with dementia happier, and decreases agitation.

The students fundraised to buy MP3 Players and headphones for older people living with dementia and Alzeimher’s in the community.

They then visited local care homes and centres and met the residents on a weekly basis for a chat.

After getting to know the residents the students put together personalised playlists for each resident to bring them on a journey through their lives.

The MP3 Players and headphones were then gifted to the older people, ensuring each memory has a soundtrack of its own.

At Boyne View Nursing Home, residents have welcomed the students with open arms.

Management say the students have brought more to the lives of residents. 

"They just brighten up their day, it's very natural. They tell them about their favourite type of music. They set up the MP3 players for them and they love them, it's brought more to their lives."

Tina Mohan, an activities coordinator, says the impact of music is clear to see. 

"They always relate to music. They might forget a lot of things, but songs, never forget songs, they like to sing, and you might get a dance out of them," she added. 

"This year our theme for the year is pay it forward and its about our students giving back to the community so it fits in perfectly with that says St Mary’s TY Coordinator Roisin Curtis.

"We hoping to start a movement nationally, already we have schools around the country who are interested it implementing it with their TY students next year and a school in Ashbourne has started already this year."

"The pay-it-forward initiative was about trying to make positive change in the local community but also nationally as well," she said.