Music Therapy brings Quality of Life to Seniors
Seniors still have much to offer and experience. Music therapy’s creative component can help them stay young inside and able to live at their optimal level.
Music therapy services are geared toward keeping the senior person active and well. Activities and care can address cognitive, physical, psycho-spiritual and emotional needs.
Services are selected to meet the individual’s care needs. The therapist can also help to support family interaction with and around the loved one.
Collaborating with other health care providers helps the psychotherapist-music therapist to support optimal health care delivery. Invite the music therapist onto your health care team.
Benefits of Music Therapy
Engagement in music has been proven to be one of the very best activities to support cognitive and emotional well-being in seniors. As a skilled music therapist, I use music to help the client accomplish the developmental tasks like life review and reminiscence. The use of music also helps to facilitate grief processing.
For people with dementia
- Music therapy can help reduce agitation and difficult behavior.
- It helps the person maintain their sense of self, through the losses and challenges they face.
- Music provides openings for self expression and non-verbal communication of feelings and emotions.
- The therapeutic relationship can help support the person through changes in living situations, and integration into a new facility.
- Music therapy offers an aesthetic experience, bringing beauty and spiritual connection.
Participation in music therapy increases the quality of life for the senior. It supports ongoing enjoyable and interesting social interactions that support lifelong learning and a sense of well-being.
Services are available on location, in your home or in a facility. They may be provided in groups or on an individual basis.
At end-of-life, palliative care services are available.
Services of Registered Psychotherapists are a health expense.
As a registered psychotherapist-music therapist, my services can be submitted as a medical expense for tax purposes with a doctor or social worker’s prescription, and may be accepted by some insurance companies.