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A specialised nostalgia music service providing reminiscence music therapy for the aged.

About Silver Memories. Using the medium of radio along with satellite technology, Silver Memories broadcasts engaging, cheerful and appropriate content 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

About Silver Memories: Using the medium of radio along with satellite technology, Silver Memories broadcasts engaging, cheerful, and appropriate content 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Using the medium of radio along with satellite technology, Silver Memories broadcasts engaging, cheerful and appropriate content 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We are a lifestyle solution for people in aged care and those living with dementia, with a focus on awakening happy memories from the past.

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What is Silver Memories?

Reminiscence Music Therapy

Silver Memories is a special nostalgia radio service developed by the Music Broadcasting Society of Queensland Ltd. It was designed specifically to address social isolation and depression in Aged Care through Reminiscence Music Therapy. The service provides a non-pharmacological tool for the management of dementia and related issues.

Silver Memories operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and plays cheerful and gentle music from the 1940s to the 1970s.

The broadcast also includes cheerio greetings and birthday calls from our friendly announcers, and features old radio serials and comedies which people listened to before the advent of television.

Silver Memories has been endorsed by the Australian Medical Association (QLD) and Alzheimer’s Australia (QLD) who use it in their Dementia Behaviour Management Service (DBMAS).

Meet Our Silver Memories​ Community

Gary Thorpe

Gary Thorpe

Gary Thorpe OAM has been in broadcasting for over 40 years. He developed Silver Memories in 2007 to address social isolation in the aged in the community. Gary was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2011 to research the use of music in the management of dementia and related issues.

He manages three radio services – 4MBS Classic FM – Brisbane’s award-winning classical station, MBS Light – Brisbane’s digital light classics and jazz station, and Silver Memories the nostalgia service for the aged, so has a wide experience of the positive impact of music. Gary is also the Artistic Director of the annual 4MBS Festival of Classics and the Producer of the annual 4MBS Shakespeare Festival.

In 2009, Gary was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to music and broadcasting.

Dene Rowling

Dene Rowling

Sales Manager who implemented the development of the Silver Scenes resources and future development.

mark smith

Mark Smith

Building relationships & partnerships across the Aged care sector, connecting our Ageing Population to a world of Musical Memories .

Peter Rohweder

Peter Rohweder

Customer Service Manager, dedicated to the continual development of Silver Memories services to the community.

Bernadette McKinlay

Bernadette McKinlay

Training Manager who helps aged care teams to maximise the therapeutic benefits of Silver Memories.

Tracy Leahey

Tracy Leahey

Marketing manager with a passion to deliver the message of Silver Memories music reconnecting lives.