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Music Therapy at Nazareth Living Center

Laura C. Myers, MA, MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified) has been providing music therapy to the Nazareth Living Center residents since 2009. She is able to provide a variety of music therapy services to the residents including individual sessions, large and small music therapy groups and educational programs.

Music therapy programs are implemented within the Nazareth wellness program as an avenue to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, enhance memory, improve communication as well as provide opportunities for interaction. This type of therapy not only supports the effectiveness of interventions in physical rehabilitation, but can also provide emotional support for residents and an outlet for them to express their feelings.

senior living music therapyThe American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) has promoted much research exploring the benefits of music therapy for persons with Alzheimer's Disease. Their research shows that music therapy can reduce depression among older adults. In addition, music experiences can be structured to enhance social and emotional skills, and to assist in recall and language skills. The AMTA research also shows that individuals in the late stages of dementia respond to and interact with music. (AMTA, Music Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet)

Each group or individual music therapy session is focused on meeting the Non-Musical Goals of the group or specific resident. Goal Areas may consist of: pain management, stress/ anxiety, cognition, socialization/ communication, leisure pursuits, Self- Expression, Sensory Stimulation, Hospice/ End of Life, behavior management, relaxation.

Laura works with our residents in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing and there is no additional fee to participate in her activities at Nazareth.

Gleason Hall Assisted Living and Oakgate Memory Care Community Favorites:

  • Exercise to Music- Weekly
  • Musician Biography- 1x each month.

Group attendees learn about the musicians through PowerPoint presentations, recordings, videos, handouts and group discussions. The musician each month is chosen based on suggestions from those in attendance at the program. We’ve learned about musicians from Bach to Andy Williams.

McGovern Commons Long Term and Skilled Nursing Care Favorites:

Weekly Themed Music Therapy Group- This group is very active with lots of singing, moving, instrument playing, music listening and reminiscing with lots of Fun and Laughter! Themes vary each week, recently we made a Flower Garden of Songs! Once a month during this group, the theme is “Old Fashioned Sing-a-Long”. Residents are able to make requests for songs to sing. Songs vary from early American folk songs to popular music of the 1960’s and beyond.

Resident Christmas Concert

Preparations begin in early October with the concert at Christmas. Residents are able to participate in the choirs that interest them or are located in their particular building.

  • Charming Chimers: made up of residents from McGovern Commons, Gleason Hall and The Village
  • Gleason Singers: made up of residents from McGovern Commons, Gleason Hall and The Village
  • McGovern Melody Makers: Made up of residents from McGovern Commons
  • Oakgate Overtones: Made up of residents in the Oakgate Memory Care Community in Gleason Hall.

Each group prepares 3-4 musical selections to present at the concert. Residents who play an instrument have the opportunity to perform a solo piece at the concert The Management Team Members at Nazareth also get together and prepare a special song for the concert.

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