West Chester Magazine highlights stories of success with music therapy programs for dementia patients. It’s comforting to know that when this cruelty sets in, there is still a way to participate in life through music. No matter what your state of mind, music really is a universal language that touches all aspects of life.
The soothing powers of music have been well known for centuries. However, music therapy has only emerged more recently as an element of care for patients suffering from dementia. This style of care is defined by the American Music Therapy Association as the use of music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, or social needs of individuals.
This discipline has been put into practice with great success at United Hebrew of New Rochelle. Mila Levine, director of therapeutic recreation/volunteers, recognizes the true impact that music therapy can have. “It’s really crucial,” she says. “Music is universal; it’s something that everyone responds to.” Read more…
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