Music Therapy for the Elderly Music Therapy is an evidenced and research based intervention in the work with elderly people suffering from any form of Dementia (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's), Acquired brain injury (stroke), Terminal diseases (cancer), Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, Mental Illnesses (Depression), physical pain, people in need of end of life care. Music is processed mostly in the right side of the brain and bypasses parts of the brain that are effected by dementia. A familiar song can access memories, feelings, recall places and people that have been forgotten and can reconnect a person with memories essential to living a satisfying life. Watch this clip on the Alchemy of Music: Music Therapy groups are structured with music activities designed by a trained music therapist to address clinical goals such as: - Decreasing anxiety, depression, pain - Improving ability to connect and have socially satisfying experiences - Increasing motivation to participate in group activities - Decreasing agitation,confusion and unwanted behaviors - Increasing mobility - Helping with reality orientation (place, time, person recognition) Musical Activities include: - Singing songs/ Vocalizing - Musical Improvisation (making up music) - Group drumming - Guided relaxation with music - Moving to music - Writing/recording music Please contact Juliane for sessions at her studio or to arrange home visits. This is what a daughter of an elderly man expressed after Juliane has been working with at his home throughout the past year: "You are making my Dad's year very happy and we appreciate it!" To sign up please email: juliane.kowski@gmail.com or call: 510.225.5207
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