Monday, April 4, 2011

Music Therapy and Alzheimer's Disease

According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is a powerful tool in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.  I can help elders in Clark County, Washington, by using music therapy techniques, such as singing, instrument, play, movement, songwriting, improvisation and music-assisted relaxation.

The AMTA says, "Music therapy provides opportunities for:
  • Memory recall, contributing to reminiscence and life satisfaction
  • Positive changes in mood and emotional states
  • Sense of control over life through successful experiences
  • Awareness of self and environment which accompanies increased attention to music
  • Anxiety and stress reduction for older adult and caregiver
  • Nonpharmacological management of pain and discomfort
  • Stimulation which provokes interest even when no other approach is effective
  • Structure which promotes rhythmic and continuous movement or vocal fluency as an adjunct to physical rehabilitation
  • Emotional intimacy when spouses and families share creative music experiences
  • Social interaction with caregivers and families"

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