Even when other therapies fail to help dementia patients interact with others, music has been shown to reach these people suffering from a decline in mental ability, such as memory loss, which is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia, according to Alzheimers.org.
A new music therapy program in the Star City has the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra teaming up with Friendship Health and Rehab to play music for memory care and Alzheimer’s patients each week.
But it’s not just a concert at the Friendship community. The healing arts program has a specialized schedule of songs and interactions to get the patients involved. There’s a question and answer session and the patients use their own drum sticks or egg shakers to play along with the music.
The more I hear evidence like this, the more I question why the homes & hospitals we Americans tend to put our Senior Citizens in, have bare walls and allow solitary lifestyles. Activity rooms focus on mundane activities instead of creative pursuits. Why is it we just don’t “get” this? When will it change? Healing & Wellness includes the betterment of the soul – and we all know ART is what feeds the soul. Why are we starving our Seniors of this requirement?
A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate