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Older adults have been benefiting from music therapy for many years. Music is easily accessible with options for varying needs. Instruments can be adapted for those who have special requirements. Both healthy seniors and those in rehabilitative and memory care can benefit from music therapy in both individual and group settings. Music making reinforces the mental, physical, social and emotional well-being of each person.

Music Therapy Addresses:

  • Communication and Expression – Music therapy is a tool often used in memory care treatment to slow the decline of speech skills in dementia patients. There have been several documented instances in which non-verbal older adults are inspired to sing along to familiar music.

  • Validation – In music, older adults can feel comforted and accepted, which in turn allows for increased self-esteem and decreased loss of control.

  • Decreasing Isolation – Music is a wonderful motivational tool to get older adults to socialize with others in a fun and stress-free setting.

  • Stress Management  Singing along to familiar music and playing new instruments is a cathartic experience. We also recognize the importance of winding down each session with a cool down song, allowing for relaxation and preparation for the rest of the day. 

  • Prevention of Cognitive Decline – Music therapy sessions can be structured around specific themes. For example, the music therapist may choose to utilize music from a specific generation while discussing the historic events that occurred.

  • Promote Healing  Several studies have shown that music can assist with pain management, decreasing the need for so many medications. For more information, check out the article "Individualized Music Program is Associated with Improved Outcomes for U.S. Nursing Home Residents with Dementia," here.

 

If you are interested in pursuing services, please call us at (203) 747-8880 or visit our contact page.