I have re-posted a few articles by AMTA Immediate Past President Ronna Kaplan as she has a wonderful way of describing and clarifying various aspects of music therapy. Today’s article, Music therapy for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, is an excellent description of how music therapy can help individuals. In this article, Ronna responds to the video clip of Alive Inside (see previous News post How music awakens Alzheimer’s patients) and describes for readers the profound impact music therapy can have on individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
A response in the moment is only “scratching the surface.” It is a fleeting reaction to something familiar. But with the music therapist engaging the client in those responses there becomes a potential for maximizing therapeutic benefit or treatment. The therapist may learn to understand where the responses are coming from and why
This is a must read for anyone working with individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.