CRDL is an award-winning innovative tool designed to break social isolation and re-establish physical and verbal contact with people living with dementia.

 How is CRDL used?

To translate physical touch into sound, a connection between at least two people and CRDL is necessary. CRDL recognizes the way people touch each other: tapping, holding, stroking, tickling, or kneading, each generate a different sound. For example, the sound of a warm cello is activated by a stroke while the piano, by a tap.

CRDL has 15 pre-programmed familiar and recognizable sound themes, such as nature, urban, musical instruments and animal sounds. Each sound theme is accompanied by 5 ways of playing (the different types of touch), resulting in 75 sounds total.

  • One-to-one interaction
  • Group interaction
  • IPAC friendly: CRDL can be sanitized with a disinfecting wipe before and after usage


Who does CRDL benefit?

 Players (people living with dementia):

  • Creates impactful connections between players
  • Provides themes to start and support conversation by triggering memories from recognizable sounds
  • Breaks social isolation by providing an incentive to touch
  • Encourages experimentation with different types of touch

 Healthcare workers and families:

  • Creates an atmosphere of playfulness and curiosity
  • Helps to break isolation when a conversation is no longer possible
  • Promotes intergenerational ties

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Eugeria's take

Our team brought CRDL to several residents and were amazed the witness the instant smile on people’s faces and the sparkle in their eyes. Many were fascinated by CRDL, some enjoyed listening and relaxing, while others started dancing or reminiscing on memories triggered by the different sounds. CRDL is a truly fascinating instrument that helps create impactful connections between people.