The Benefits of Music Therapy for Seniors

Bethesda Health | June 8, 2018

Bethesda’s commitment to offering a complete continuum of care has resulted in innovation across the entire organization. By weaving together different aspects of care—from emotional support and physical aid to preventive and therapeutic services— Bethesda provides well-rounded health care that goes beyond medical needs.

Music Therapy Programs for Seniors

“Improving the quality of life for our seniors is the goal,” says Linda McNair, Music Therapist at Bethesda Meadow. “I get to contribute to that goal through music therapy.” The Bethesda music therapy program began at Bethesda Dilworth in 2014 and expanded to Bethesda Meadow, with Linda leading the charge, in June 2015. With the help of Linda, residents have been able to form several groups including a therapeutic singing group called the Meadow Larks and an iPod program that promotes memory support through music.

The Benefits of Movin’ and Groovin’

Linda brings the music therapy for seniors program to life through weekly “Move and Groove” classes, that combine music and exercises; music lessons that allow the resident to engage one-on-one in a favorite activity they have enjoyed in the past, and other activities to stimulate seniors’ brains.

For seniors who self-isolate, are prone to anxiety or are living with dementia, music therapy is an evidence-based clinical practice that can offer an outlet for creative expression, reduce symptoms of anxiety or agitation and stimulate cognitive function.

“Music opens up a lot of doors that other therapy can’t because of the way it’s processed, and it is a lot more powerful than people think,” says Linda. “It’s a tool that triggers memory and has the power to bring seniors into the moment.”

Linda hopes that music therapy expands into other Bethesda communities.

Interested in Music Therapy for Seniors?

To learn more about the benefits of music therapy for seniors and to see if Bethesda’s music therapy program is right for you or your senior loved one, contact us today.

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