MUSIC THERAPY WITH SENIORS
Music therapy harnesses the energy of music for the benefit of each person in our group. We'll sing, play, share, clap, and move together. A family or support member is welcome to stay and participate with each senior. Benefits include: improved quality of life, short-term memory, reality orientation and cognition; increased mobility and breath capacity; promotion of social interaction; and stimulation of long-term memory. Instructor is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and international performing artist.
Group sessions will not only benefit seniors but also give caregivers tools to more effectively interact and cope. A spouse, partner, support-person of seniors with memory issues as well as middle-aged children of aging parents who bring the senior participants to class are invited to stay and participate in the sessions.
All sessions are one hour long. Besides the topics detailed below, each session opens with a "Greeting" song, followed by slow stretches to music to limber up our bodies and ends with a "Farewell" song. Throughout every minute of every session MT is using evidence-based, verifiably researched activities and interventions. MT has taken three psychology courses on seniors, the elderly, aging, and dying and has worked in senior centers, hospice, and palliative care.