Music Therapy

4 steps to creating an interactive music therapy program

4 steps to creating an interactive music therapy program

Music therapy is in the news a lot lately, and there's a reason for that: it works.

How songs of the season help residents

How songs of the season help residents

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My love of specific types of Christmas music is one of the reasons I was thrilled to see a new case study once again showing the positive impact of personalized music playlists for residents in long-term care facilities.

Cataract surgery, singing can improve quality of life and cognitive ability of Alzheimer's patients, studies find

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Cataract surgery improves cognition and singing familiar songs improves communication skills in people with dementia, according to recently announced research findings.

Rockin' the (nursing home) casbah

Rockin' the (nursing home) casbah

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While idly watching the Grammy Awards broadcast on Sunday night, I tried to keep a mostly apathetic eye on various social media networks. It was here that I learned — among other pretty useless information — that an awful lot of young people have no idea who Paul McCartney is.

Will music improve MDS 3.0 scores?

Will music improve MDS 3.0 scores?

Using iPods to reconnect long-term care residents with their favorite music is a simple intervention with great upside potential and no side effects. They're an inexpensive tool that can have a positive impact on resident quality of life, which, in turn, should be reflected in an important subset of MDS 3.0 scores.