Music therapy services are provided to residents in Retirement Residences and in Long Term Care facilities.
Music participation has been shown to stimulate production of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, helping with motor skills for people with Parkinson’s disease and supporting a good night’s sleep. Musical engagement also stimulates endorphins for a fun time, making this the best job in the field!
When people feel validated, supported, and valued they feel better about themselves.
Music therapy is also shown to reduce the need for drug interventions to control behaviors. See an article about a recent study: Reducing Antipsychotics helps Improve the Lives of Seniors in Care
Services to Retirement Residences:
- Groups that get the residents motivated, participating, sharing stories of their lives, talking about their experiences as well as singing, and playing simple musical instruments. Residents love it! Programs can be weekly, monthly or on a seasonal basis and theme based to be relevant!
- Groups can be either formal or informal, creating a relaxed, musically rich social environment that facilitates social engagement.
- Mindfulness oriented Sound Healing group sessions using the voice and singing bowls to support spiritual and holistic wellness are available. Book six sessions for once a week or every two weeks and see the benefits.
- Individual service on a fee for service basis.
- Memory and Dementia Care: Music therapy draws on individual interests, and elicits response! Skilled use of musical instruments and songs supports self-expression, sense of identity, and cognitive, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Skilled music therapy has been proven to reduce anxiety and wandering, support identity, validate the whole person and increase quality of life.
Long Term Care:
Music therapy groups and individual sessions bring the residents back to life, with eyes aglow, fingers snapping, playing instruments, singing….family members are included. Groups can be either formal or informal, to encourage a musically rich social environment.
Programs are designed to address the needs of the residents. Individual sessions may address problems resulting from strokes, MS, depression, mental illness, dementia… many of the challenges seniors face. My approach puts people at ease and often lowers defensiveness.
Consultations around specific issues like making bath time easier or meals
Mary is lonely and depressed. Her dementia, physical condition and depression make it difficult to motivate in regular programs. Her eyes light up as she sees me. I see her on an individual basis, and have been learning the songs which are memorable for her. Some songs remind her of her life and she shares snippets of stories. Others, support her feelings and allow her to know her feelings are heard. I hand her the xylophone and her eyes light up as she focuses her attention on improvising a melody, while I support her on the guitar.