At Center for Music Therapy and Wellness, we want to be here to help you and your residents through these difficult times. Music is an excellent way to help your residents feel connected and engaged and to help support you as staff in keeping your residents happy and creating a calmer work environment. Though we’re unable to do sessions in person, we’ve come up with some alternative options for you to be able to utilize the benefits of music without us being there.
What are the benefits of music therapy for older adults?
Music therapy services are effective with older adults who have deficits in the
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.
Furthermore, using "patient-preferred music" provides a deeper connection to
music presented. Presenting this music creates a full-brain stimulation, which
aids in the recall of memories, an increased release of dopamine, a decrease in
blood pressure, and reality orientation.
Music is a powerful tool when working with the older adult population.
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.
We are living in uncertain times with the presence
of COVID-19 in our community.
For the physical safety of assisted living residents, many are confined to their rooms for a large amount of time and have little access to interpersonal relationships. While this quarantine protects their physical health, the state of their mental and social health is a great concern.
WE HAVE SOLUTIONS!
Here are some of the services we can provide for you during this time of not
being able to see your residents in person.
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 residents through 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 Doxy.me with an ipad or smart phone to meet one-on-one through video conferencing
Music therapist will lead resident through 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
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 staff and residents
Includes the following: Youtube playlist, Discussion questions, pictures, trivia, videos from us
Make It Yourself Instruments (supplies required)
We will provide a video with simple instructions in how residents can make their own instruments with 2 interactive songs/activities where they can utilize their new unique 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!