We have all witnessed the devastating effect dementia can have on loved ones. There is incredible evidence of the power of music on brain function in those diagnosed with dementia. Engagement with music activates the entire brain – something no pill can do. Music can help seniors recall memories and emotions from their past. While verbal communication may not be possible with advanced dementia patients, music – through dancing, clapping, singing and small movements to tap a drum or shake a tambourine – can be a way for families to communicate with their loved ones once again. Our program is designed to create a fun and engaging group bonding experience through music for those with dementia and their family members. This program is unique as it involves more than one musician and will include instruments not often utilized in one-on-one music therapy.
This is a snapshot of what to expect from this program:
- Small ensembles of Arapahoe Philharmonic musicians will play an interactive program of music the participants will recognize.
- The participants will be encouraged to sing or play along with simple instruments.
- A Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) will have created the specialized program and will be on site at each session to facilitate engagement and interaction between the musicians, the participants and their families.
- Family members who attend can witness the joy music brings their loved one and can learn how to engage with them through music on their own.
- For the memory care residents, the goal will be to get them actively singing, tapping and playing along with the music they know from their past. The group setting will help them “come out of their shell”
Our intention is to provide these programs free of charge to care facilities that could not otherwise offer this type of group experience for their residents. The Arapahoe Philharmonic is sincerely grateful for the support for this program from donations received at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce?s 2018 TANK event and a grant from The Lillis Foundation.