Music & Memory: The Power of Music

Do you have a favorite song that you hum in your head? Can you remember the song that was played at your wedding? What was one of your favorite songs growing up in high school? These are the first questions I pose to my clients; many of whom have suffered strokes, brain trauma, and have become confined by dementia. Music is a profoundly powerful tool- to the delight of loved ones the music playlists I

Music Therapy for Hospice Patients Delivers Benefits and Spurs Memories

There’s power in music therapy. Music provided by trained and certified music therapists is often incorporated into hospice care for its ability to deliver benefits to patients, their families and those who provide end-of-life care. VITAS® Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, employs more than 40 music therapists nationally. Multiple therapeutic benefits Music can relieve anxiety and agitation, lessen pain, boost mood, promote deeper breathing, and facilitate communication, movement and emotional expression. For

Living Life to Its Fullest

Joliet Area Community Hospice Considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing end of life, hospice provides expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to each patient’s individual needs and wishes. Hospice can improve a person’s quality of life when curative treatments and technology are no longer effective or desired. Like various sectors of the medical community, Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH) includes complementary therapies in patient care

Music Therapy in Hospice and Palliative Care

Calvin has a song. “You just don’t know,” he said, leaning back into the careworn recliner in his living room. “First, I was serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War; then, I was a fireman; then, I got cancer. And now… now, I have a song. You just don’t know what this means to me.” Music has transcendent qualities- it can affect us in ways we’re not even aware of. It can remind

Music-Thanology in End of Life Care

Music-Thanatology is a musical/clinical practice that unites music and medicine in end of life care. The music-thanatologist utilizes harp and voice at the bedside to lovingly serve the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the dying and their loved ones with prescriptive music. Prescriptive music is live music that responds to physiological changes observed in the patient moment by moment.  For example, by observing vital signs such as heart rate, the music-thanatologist provides a musical

Music-Thanology in End of Life Care.

Music-Thanatology is a musical/clinical practice that unites music and medicine in end of life care. The music-thanatologist utilizes harp and voice at the bedside to lovingly serve the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the dying and their loved ones with prescriptive music. Prescriptive music is live music that responds to physiological changes observed in the patient moment by moment.  For example, by observing vital signs such as heart rate, the music-thanatologist provides a musical