Friday, March 6, 2009

Music Therapy and Dementia

Last week Alan Turry, our Managing Director, appeared on live radio on WNYC's "Soundcheck" to discuss the role of music therapy in treatment for adults with dementia. In a conversation with host John Schaefer and Dr. Petr Janata, the author of a recent study examining the neural connections between music and memory, Dr. Turry discussed the many positive effects of music therapy. While the Nordoff-Robbins approach was originally developed with children, it is easily adapted to helping people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia maintain their functioning and improve their quality of life. In past years we have done outreach projects at local community centers for seniors with dementia, and this year a group from Chinatown traveled to the Center for music therapy. The afternoon of the broadcast we received several phone calls from people seeking services for their family members. Clearly there is a tremendous need for services for this population. Here at the Nordoff-Robbins Center we have experience working with people with dementia and are here to help.


Anonymous said...

Heloo Jacqueline!How are you?
I am Gabriela, from Brazil. I viset the Center on last december, and met you there. I'd like to say that it was a very nice experience to meet you guys and that at the present moment I am wrighting a case-study about a litle boy I attend based on the values and world view of Creative Music Therapy. I got very curious about the work you guys do with dementia, because I work on this area in a medicine univesity, and sometimes I question myself how the Nordoff-Robbins aprouch coud be properly adapted for these people. Best Regards, Gabi.

Anonymous said...

Is there a way we can download or otherwise listen to the radio program with Dr. Turry speaking on MT and dementia?

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