Music Therapy is offered by an accredited Music Therapist with the Canadian Association for Music Therapists. You may be asking yourself “what is Music Therapy?”, “How does it work?” or Do I need musical abilities to participate? Well, music therapy is the clinical use of music by an accredited music therapist in order to help restore and maintain physical, emotional and psychological well-being. Music therapy works by using music and its elements to promote interaction, cognition, use of motor skills, self-awareness, and self-expression and one does not need any musical ability to partake. Many times seniors may not remember things, but they will remember a song and sometimes even a memory associated with it. Music Therapy is not just someone playing songs for a group of people and in order to maintain the therapeutic element and allow for socialization, individual attention and ideas to be exchanged small group numbers are maintained.
Some of the benefits your loved ones may see by participating in music therapy are: maintenance of cognitive abilities and motor skills, improved quality of life, increase in socialization, increase in self-expression and creativity, increased relaxation, reduction in pain and the ability to reminisce about the past. Music has the ability to reach those who normally cannot be reached and it can help say what words cannot.
Music Therapy is one of the many therapeutic programs offered to members at Memories+ Adult Day Program.
Hailey Reiss is the founder of Harmonic Expressions.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Music Therapy from the University of Windsor, and completed a 1000 hour supervised internship.Additionally, she completed her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor. She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (C.A.M.T.) and holds Music Therapist Accredited (MTA) status. She is also a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher Association under the Special Needs Category (ORMTA).