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Great Article about Music & Dementia

In my last blog, I said I would write about practical ways of using music for people who have dementia. I found an excellent article, so I would like to share that with you.  The following information was provided by Dr. Alicia Ann Clair, Ph.D., MT-BC, professor and director of the Division of Music Education… Continue reading Great Article about Music & Dementia

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Are You Inspired by Henry?

(Please watch this video first…) Are you inspired by Henry and ready to use music for your loved ones? Here are some tips from a board-certified music therapist: Personalizing the musical selection for your loved one is very important. Look through your loved one’s musical collections (e.g. records/cassette tapes/CDs :)). People with Alzheimer’s disease tend… Continue reading Are You Inspired by Henry?

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Strokes, Launguage, and Music by Dr. Oliver Sacks

Dr. Oliver Sacks is a neurologist, bestselling author, and professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.  His books include ” The Mind’s Eye, Musicophilia, Awakenings, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat“.  The film “The Music Never Stopped” was based on the essay “The Last Hippie” from AN ANTHROPOLOGIST… Continue reading Strokes, Launguage, and Music by Dr. Oliver Sacks

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Henry from the Documentary “Alive Inside”

This clip is from the documentary “Alive Inside”.  Henry seems depressed and does not respond to anything but to his favorite music. I see this type of response almost everyday in my music therapy practice. Enjoy!     Dr. Tomaino, music therapist, talks about the benefits of music:

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Hospice Music Therapy

Hospice provides patients with various services to address their medical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. So, how can music therapy help? Music therapy can: Provide positive changes in mood and emotional states Create emotional intimacy when families share musical experiences Provide healthy emotional outlets Facilitate reminiscence and life review Offer diversion from physical pain and… Continue reading Hospice Music Therapy

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Abstract: a meta-analysis of the effects of music-based movement therapy in people with Parkinson’s disease

This is one of the latest articles about the effects of music-based movement therapy in people who have Parkinson’s disease. I am always excited to read new articles and wanted to share this abstract with you. Here is the link, and happy reading:) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22166406/

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Tips for using music with your loved ones who have memory loss

  As a board-certified music therapist, I have been working with people who have dementia, including Alzheimer’s type, for almost 10 years.  Appropriate music can bring back memories and facilitate interaction.  Here are some tips for using music with your loved ones who have memory loss: 1. Even if you think you “can’t carry a… Continue reading Tips for using music with your loved ones who have memory loss