Although people have used music to maintain and improve health for centuries, music therapy is still a relatively young profession. Like any medical field, it is necessary to understand why interventions have an impact and to develop procedures so that these techniques can be used with all clients.
With age, many people begin to lose their ability to complete tasks that were once effortless for them. While they may start to rely on others to assist them and experience feelings of helplessness, a loss of independence is a roadblock that can be hurdled.
Moving a loved one into a long term care community, nursing home or assisted living/personal care home can raise many questions and concerns. Masonic Villages’ team of admissions staff and social workers are here to assist every step of the way.
For 20 years, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown's music therapists have explained and demonstrated the difference between therapy and entertainment. While all music therapists need to be musicians, not all musicians should be music therapists.
For the past 20 years, Masonic Village music therapists have made a significant impact on residents, family members and guests’ lives, and have also supervised, coached, guided and taught hundreds of students. Current intern, Kelsey Tucker, shares her experience.
As the 2017 holiday season approached, Mike and Alice Hamilton decided they had reached a point in their lives where they had everything they wanted and needed. Instead of purchasing Christmas gifts for each other, they decided to purchase a variety of items through the Masonic Villages Giving Catalog to benefit residents.
Over the past 20 years, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown’s music therapy department has developed a wide variety of programs for our residents. From ringing chimes to singing, drumming, reminiscing, dancing and relaxing, Masonic Village’s five board-certified music therapists encourage diverse therapeutic music opportunities.
As music is not one-size-fits-all, for the past 20 years, Masonic Village music therapists have used the flexibility of music to meet the needs of a wide variety of unique individuals.
To truly understand someone, you must walk a mile in their shoes. This is why Masonic Village Hospice has begun pairing patients who are veterans with volunteers who have also served.
For Bill Mowbray, family has always been priority. Like many working adults, he found himself in a position of wanting to care for his loved ones, but having to juggle other responsibilities. He was relieved Masonic Village was able to meet the needs of several of his family members and provide him with peace of mind.