Music Therapy Helps Nursing Home Residents

Music therapy is a growing tool used for rehabilitation. Music links to the part of the brain that controls memory, emotions and movement. It is especially helpful for older adults because it helps them cope with the grief experienced from aging. People engage best with music that they enjoyed between the ages of 15 and 30 because this time period is associated with major life decisions such as marriage, graduation and more. “People associate music emotionally with different events in their lives,” said Susan Crossley, Director of Rehabilitation at Oaks Skilled Nursing. “We remember all the faces and the emotions we were having when that song was originally played.”
Written by Carolyn Kimmel, April 8, 2012,
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