Nicholas Sager, recreation specialist with On Lok Lifeways joined us for a session about music as therapy for individuals with Alzheimer’s.
The transformative power of music has been recognized throughout the ages and music as therapy has a long history. Music can promote wellness, reduce stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication and build community.
“We don’t just respond to music with our emotions, but we respond physiologically, whether we’re aware of it or not,” he said. “We can find music that helps us smile and relax, to block out noises, to motivate us.” Listening, seeing and making music stimulates the whole brain, including areas affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Research on music therapy has show that it helps create improved cognitive skills, improved psychosocial skills and reduced problematic behavior symptoms. In addition, it helps improveme mobility, strength, endurance, timing and coordination of fine motor movements, speech and language. Continue reading “The Santa Cruz Education Conference Concludes: The Positive Power of Music as a Therapy” »