A great deal of information has been shared in the media about the role of music in stimulating brain and physical functioning as we and our community members grow older. The feelings and sensory experiences of yesterday can be revisited by playing an old favorite tune. The words that may be used rarely in day to day communication can be unlocked through singing familiar lyrics. The movement patterns that seem so hard to grasp may be accessible through movement to music. Engagement in music that is personalized and customized for a person can be a powerful key to opening a door of communication and enhanced function. Done so in a group setting can afford the opportunity for deepening social relationships, making new friends, and appreciating one another’s talents and insights. Music therapy can address all of these aspects of health preservation, as well as become a comforting presence for hospice patients.
As outlined by the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy provides opportunities for:
• Memory recall which contributes to reminiscence and satisfaction with life
• Positive changes in mood and emotional states
• Sense of control over life through successful experiences
• Awareness of self and environment which accompanies increased attention to music
• Anxiety and stress reduction for older adult and caregiver
• Nonpharmacological management of pain and discomfort
• Stimulation which provokes interest even when no other approach is effective
• Structure which promotes rhythmic and continuous movement or vocal fluency as an adjunct to physical rehabilitation
• Emotional intimacy when spouses and families share creative music experiences
• Social interaction with caregivers and families
Contact us today to discuss how we can bring more music to the life of your loved one or community group.