How can Music Therapy help adults in memory care?

Music therapy can :

Increase meaningful social connections - prevent isolation & depression

Provide validation during times of confusion - decrease anxiety & fear

Facilitate gross & fine motor movements - avoid sedentary patterns & lethargy

Stimulate several areas of brain functioning - prevent cognitive decline

Support healthy emotional expression - reduce retraction & repression

Empower & increase self-esteem - eliminate "loss of control" or "loss of self"

Promote natural healing, wellness, & growth - decrease use of expensive pharmacological drugs 


What could music therapy services look like at your agency?

Music therapy services could look like:

  • Individual sessions held weekly or biweekly

  • Group sessions held weekly or biweekly (with up to 15 members)

  • Inter-generational choir with group-preferred music and caregivers

  • Movement & music series incorporating music & dance

  • Hand-bell choir series or weekly groups


How can Marigold benefit your memory care community?

Marigold can help your community :

Rank above competitors 

by advertising your agency's effective & successful music therapy services 

Decrease spending

on pharmacological drugs & costly pain medications

Create an enviable work-environment

by promoting agency morale & increasing employee retention rates

Provide exceptional care  

by providing evidence-based, humanistic, strength-focused music therapy

Leave a lasting, meaningful impact

on the individuals, families, and communities that you serve 

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Why use a Board Certified Music Therapist?

rather than an “entertainer”?

Board-Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC's) have specialized training in working with older adults and within memory care.

- MT-BC's utilize music to achieve non-musical goals, like improving memory recall or steadying respiratory rate.

- MT-BC's are trained on how to safely process difficult emotions, like grief & trauma, that can be easily triggered by music.

- MT-BC's understand the varying processes of dementia & design their music interventions on evidence-based research to address individualized needs.


Board-Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC's) design their sessions on evidence-based research.

- MT-BC's actively engage participants in clinical music interventions, rather than provide a performance or a "sing-a-long."

- MT-BC's utilize person-preferred music rather than playing music that they personally enjoy, or music that they assume participants will like.

- MT-BC's are required to engage in continuing education to keep their practice current, ethical, and as effective as possible.  


Board-Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC's) can strengthen your existing programs.

- MT-BC's can provide inservices to educate staff on how to best utilize music for day-to-day experiences.

- MT-BC's can help train volunteer musicians on some basic therapeutic music techniques.

- MT-BC's can make clinical decisions regarding wh0 could benefit from a volunteer, versus who would more greatly benefit from music therapy. 


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