Posted in Dementia, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Hospice, Medical

How Can Music Therapy Help Hospice Patients?

pink roses

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 discomfort
  • Promote relaxation (anxiety and stress reduction)
  • Decrease agitation
  • Provide social interaction and sensory stimulation
  • Offer support during imminent death

If you have questions about hospice music therapy, please feel free to contact Nori Nakamura, board certified music therapist and the owner of Musical Journey at (913) 744-1265 or nori@ksmomusictherapy.com.

Advertisements
Posted in Dementia, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Hospice, Medical

A Quote about Music by Oliver Sacks, MD

5e37c4cf03a9a6343d665d34ff7a8214

Resource:  Noriko Nakamura, MT-BC, Music Therapy Services’ Pinterest Board “Quotes — Music”

Posted in Dementia, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Hospice, Medical

Music Therapy with Dementia (Video)

The following video (Music Therapy with Dementia) was created by the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.

Many people with dementia come to life when you provide music that is appropriate for them.  This video shares beautiful moments occurred during a music therapy session.

Posted in Dementia, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Medical

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 and Music at the University of Kansas & Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, DA, MT-BC, vice president for music therapy and director of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services.

Enjoy!

http://www.dementiatoday.com/?p=22756

Posted in Dementia, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Hospice, Medical

Hospice Music Therapy

pink roses

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 discomfort
  • Promote relaxation (anxiety and stress reduction)
  • Decrease agitation
  • Provide social interaction and sensory stimulation
  • Offer support during imminent death

I truly believe that hospice is a very important part of our health care system.

Posted in Dementia, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Hospice, Medical

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

 

Keyboard Keys Close Up

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 tune in a bucket”, let’s sing.  Your voice is meaningful to your loved ones, so that’s all matters. But if you feel very uncomfortable singing alone, sing along with your loved one’s favorite CDs etc.

2. Use music that is from your loved one’s teenage years/young adulthood. People are emotionally charged during these times, so the music from these eras has lots of meanings to people. If your loved one has progressed memory loss, she/he may respond to the music from their childhood.

3. Repeat & repeat. I found that people with memory loss respond well to repetitive songs, such as “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”.  Repetition helps the people join in the singing.  Even if they cannot join in the first line, they can usually join during the 2nd and 3rd lines.  If a song is not repetitive, you can repeat the 1st verse a few times rather than going to the 2nd and 3rd verses etc.

4. Slow down. Some people cannot sing at a fast tempo. I often need to slow down my singing, so that my clients can participate.  That’s one of the reasons that live music is better than pre-recorded music.  Live music is definitely flexible!

5. Usually people make brief comments after singing or listening to familiar songs (e.g., “That’s pretty.” & “My mother used to sing that song.”).  If your loved one does so, ask him/her simple questions that are related to his/her comments.  I had a client who did not remember anything about her family, so she thought that she was alone. She was very sad and lonely. But after singing a few familiar songs, she began talking about her family. This instantly changed her mood and affect. Reminiscing is a lot easier after using appropriate music.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Posted in autism, Dementia, Down Syndrome, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Hospice, Medical, Music therapy, Stroke, Traumatic brain injury, William Syndrome

Welcome!

Young Boy Holding a String of Balloons

Welcome to MUSICAL JOURNEY owned by Noriko, a Master’s level board-certified music therapist. We provide music therapy & music lessons/groups in the Greater Kansas City area.

Our clients for music therapy include but are not limited to: persons with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and history of stroke. We also serve hospice patients. The types of our music lessons are piano, guitar, voice, and ukulele.

Please contact us for a free consultation at 913-744-1265 or nori@ksmomusictherapy.com.