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
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
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.
Have more questions about the role of a Board Certified Music Therapist?