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Andrea Koch (standing at left), of the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter, instructs a group of area activities facilitators at nursing homes and assisted living residences on the benefits of Memories in the Making art classes for people with dementia. Also shown, (from left), are Kathy Bower, Debbie Koch, Kim Hewlett, Shannon Gunnell and Roxanne Padlo.
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This is wonderful!
We need more ways to get art into public places like hospitals, nursing homes and schools.
It gets awfully dull sitting in a chair, staring out the window of her fifth-floor room at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, said Angelic Banko.
The Grand Island mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5, has been hospitalized for 21 days to treat internal bleeding.
But just before lunch Tuesday, Banko got very excited. She knew what was coming.
Like clockwork every Tuesday, longtime Roswell volunteer Julie Legters rolls what’s known as a patient art cart up to Banko’s hospital room, chats and shows her various images of photographs, watercolor paintings and pencil drawings that are loaded onto an iPad. If she wants, Banko can pick out a work of art, and Legters will hang the framed original in her room.
As many as 65 other patients on two hospital floors of Roswell can do the same thing.
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This is absolutely amazing…
The 10-day-old baby needed calories so she could gain more weight and leave East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
But she had a problem: She wasn’t sucking quickly enough to take enough milk – and the act of feeding itself was so tiring for her tiny body, she often went to sleep before taking in enough nourishment.
Full Story: Music therapist helps Children’s Hospital’s tiniest patients get home sooner
Three years ago, Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He had to give up his job as a software designer, but his wife Joni says the cruelest part is the toll it’s taking on the music he composed.
“Losing the songs would be like losing him,” she said.
A part of Alzheimer’s we don’t often discuss – the loss of “self”. It’s not just about forgetting the little things like daily activities or even the big things like recognizing family & friends. It’s also about losing what has made us “us” – our unique, personal identity.
It feels as though Alzheimer’s steals from us the very things that make life worth living, as if it eats away at our soul piece by piece and leaves an empty shell.
Full Story: Man with Alzheimer’s on a mission to save his music – CBS News
Stroke patients could soon test a new therapy in Seattle that will create music through thought. A local doctor invented the instrument that is hands-free and controlled by brain waves.
The instrument, dubbed the encephalophone, was recently center stage at a concert in Seattle. A jazz ensemble accompanied the encephalophone, and as you would expect, there was plenty of movement from the musicians. Fingers swept across a keyboard and pressed buttons on a horn. But Dr. Thomas Deuel, who played the encephalophone, sat mostly still in a chair with electrodes attached and a laptop computer at his side. Projected on a giant screen behind the stage, the audience could see his brain waves at work, making the encephalophone play.
Full Story: Hands-free instrument could bring music back to stroke patients | KOMO
Greater use of “arts-on-prescription” programmes could save the NHS money by improving patients’ mental or physical health, with evidence suggesting creative activities could lower GP consultation rates and hospital admissions.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing said: “Arts-on-prescription activities help people to overcome physical and psychological pain, playing a vital role in the recovery and maintenance of health.
“Group creative activities in the community also help to overcome social isolation in people of all ages.”
Full Story: Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star