The wonderful people at PIA - Partnerships in Aging - in Vancouver, WA, invited me to give a presentation on music therapy today. We talked about how music therapy can be a wonderful treatment modality for elders with dementia and other illnesses and conditions related to aging. We sang, shook egg shakers and played tone chimes.
Several people shared their stories with me, including a woman for whom music plays a central role in her life. She is an accomplished pianist and vocalist, now working with elders, and she says her music feeds her soul like nothing else. Another woman is a trained opera singer who also does wonderful work with vulnerable seniors. It was an honor to be able to speak to this group and share the power of music.