Sparking Joy and Improving Older Adults' Lives through Meaningful Music Engagement
A music therapist-created program for senior care
Did you know that music activates every area of the brain?
It's true, scientific researchers have observed that listening to music and engagement in music-based activities affects all areas of the brain. Music activates the feel-good centers of the brain, and it can even help seniors create new neural connections in their brains, which are reasons why music can be so beneficial for people with dementia.
Music is a natural motivator.
Because music can do all kinds of cool things for the brain and body, it makes the perfect tool for engaging individuals with dementia. A few examples: unlocking their past memories, improving mood, increasing energy levels, and promoting relaxation. Singing has amazing benefits such as relieving stress, boosting the immune system, providing comfort, promoting expressive communication and improving lung capacity.
The benefits of music are abundant and far-reaching.
Music can uniquely touch the lives of people living with disease, disability, dementia, a lack of social connection and other challenges or limitations associated with aging ... simply boosting overall wellbeing. Meaningful music engagement can absolutely make a difference in a person’s quality of life!
Music is one of the very first things we respond to at the beginning of life, and one of the very last things we respond to at the end of life!
We all resonate with music one way or another. Think for a moment about the songs from your childhood, or the music you listened to in your teens, 20’s, and 30’s. Two chords in and you're instantly drawn back to your favorite high school memory. Many life events and experiences are often marked by music. We get attached to “our music” because of all the ways music is woven throughout our lives. Music is powerful.
Music Genres Include:
- Country Western
- Big Band
- Rock 'n' Roll
- Hymns / Spiritual
60+ Session Themes Include:
- Holidays / Seasons
- Music by the Decade (1900's - 1970's)
- Patriotic Music
- Love Songs
- Sun, Moon and Stars
- Women's Names
- Songs That Are Blue
- World Music
Bridgetown Music Therapy, LLC
Our company name is based on the idea that music is like a bridge which provides connection and support. Additionally, we're based in Portland, OR - the city of bridges or "Bridgetown". We love making a difference using music, and we look forward to serving you!
Alexis Baker, MT-BC
Alexis Baker, founder and owner of Bridgetown Music Therapy, is a licensed and board-certified music therapist with over 9 years of professional experience. She earned her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Marylhurst University in 2013. Drawn to their wisdom, life stories and humor, Alexis absolutely loves seniors and is passionate about making a difference in their lives using music.
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