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Music Therapy as an Elder Care Add-on

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Caregiver TipsFinding new ways to help our elderly loved ones is an important part of taking care of their needs. Music therapy is one treatment method that more and more people are finding to be effective for all sorts of concerns. Whether you are able to engage in music therapy with your loved one or elder care services help with the musical treatment, your elderly relative will see some real benefits from adding music to their arsenal of care options.

Music and Your Brain

Music has long been a way to tap into emotions and jump start the brain. That old saw about music soothing the savage beast has a lot of merit. Our brains process music in almost every single part, which means that when we listen to music or when we create music, our brains are fully and actively engaged. Music is such an effective connection between the mind and the body that entire branches of study are now devoted to studying how music affects both the brain and the body as well as how music therapy can make miracles happen.

Benefits of Music Therapy

Music therapy calms anxiety and agitated emotions, but it can also help to improve cognitive skills. Studies have also shown that music therapy can help to improve memory and retention. No matter what the goal is for your elderly relative, music therapy is likely to be able to help in some way. People with difficulty getting or staying motivated and focused benefit from even small amounts of music therapy. It doesn’t matter what type of music is used and in fact many studies show that if the patient chooses the music himself, it’s likely to have the best benefits.

Active vs. Passive Music Therapy

There are two main forms of music therapy: active and passive. Passive music therapy is the easiest because it involves simply listening to music. This type of music therapy is really easy for home care providers to help with, because they don’t need any experience themselves with music therapy. Active music therapy is more involved because it uses voice or instruments to encourage elderly loved ones to actively engage in making music. Senior care providers with experience in music therapy can help elderly relatives to gain experience with active music therapy, even if they’ve never played any instruments before.

If you’re finding that other treatment methods aren’t working, see about adding on some music therapy. In addition to elder care services, musical treatment plans can make a world of difference.

Source

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/15/health/brain-music-research/index.html

http://www.everydayhealth.com/womens-health/benefits-of-music-therapy.aspx

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Renee Gray

Founder, Owner, President at TenderHearted Home Care
As Founder, Owner & President of TenderHearted Home Care, I have always had a heart for helping others. I started with babysitting while a teenager, assisting the mentally disabled in a work environment for 10 years, homeschooling my two sons, serving others for 9 years while employed through the local hospital and since 2011 have been focused on helping seniors to maintain their independence in the comfort of their own home. I am a Certified Senior Care Manager (CSCM) as designated by the Association of Care Services At Home (www.acsah.org).

I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.

I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.