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Older Adult Services

At the Center for Music Therapy and Wellness, we want to help you through difficult times. 

Music is an excellent way to help your loved ones feel connected, engaged and supported. 

We offer both in-person and teletherapy options for individuals and groups in all stages of aging.

What are the benefits of music therapy for senior care?

Music therapy services are effective with older adults who have deficits in the following areas:

  • Dementia 

  • Alzheimer's

  • Parkinson's

  • Wellness

  • Hospice

Research and clinical examples provide further validity to the effectiveness of music therapy in this population. As a sensory stimulation, music elicits responses due to the familiarity, predictability, and feelings of security

associated with it.  Therapeutic activities include music-prompted reminiscencemusic-assisted movement, and guided relaxation.

Furthermore, using "patient-preferred music" provides a deeper connection to the music presented. Presenting this music creates full-brain stimulation, which aids in the recall of memories, an increased release of dopamine, a decrease in

blood pressure, and reality orientation.


“Meeting individually and within a group, elder clients express themselves and recall the memories that music sparks and stimulates. By listening to live music and being involved in live music-making experiences, a greater quality of life is possible.”  

John Carpenter MT-BC 

(Today's Geriatric Medicine) 

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"Music therapy has been proven to help some seniors restore and maintain their health, as well as help them recall memories and fight depression."

(American Senior Communities) 

Board-certified music therapists, including all of the therapists at CMTW, are trained and equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide the maximum benefit of a musical experience to the older adult population.


         Below is a list of different services we can provide to meet your individual needs.

Live or Pre-recorded Interactive Group Sessions

  • Can be live through Zoom with iPad or television that connects to the internet OR a pre-recorded YouTube video

  • Music therapist will lead music activities such as sing-alongs, movement to music, trivia, and discussion/reminiscence

Live Interactive Individual Sessions

  • Great for individuals that may require a little additional support at this time

  • Utilizes programs such as Zoom or with an iPad or smart phone to meet one-on-one through video conferencing

  • Music therapist will lead music activities such as sing-alongs, movement to music, and discussion, depending on their needs

Outside concerts (weather permitting)

  • Let us come and do an interactive music therapy session from your courtyard, patio, or outside individuals’ windows

Individualized playlists

  • We will chat with the individual over the phone or through video conferencing to learn about their musical preferences and then create a unique playlist through YouTube or Spotify for them to listen to whenever they would like

Pre-recorded music programs

  • Music therapist will create various themed programs utilizing YouTube and other materials

  • Great for groups or individuals

  • Can do individually or great for interaction with caregiver

  • Includes the following: YouTube playlist, discussion questions, pictures, trivia, and videos from us

Household Instruments

  • We will provide simple instructions in how you can utilize everyday items in your own home as instruments.


Do you have questions regarding service options or

do you want to schedule a music therapy consultation today?


    Send us a message through our Contact Page! 

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