Music Therapy In Nursing Homes- Man Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era

“There are all sorts of studies in regard to how music affects the brain. People associate music emotionally with different events in their lives. We remember all the faces and the emotions we were having when that song was originally played,” said Susan Crossley, director of rehabilitation at Oaks Skilled Nursing. 

“It seems innate after your memory has started to fade.” Indeed studies have shown that music is linked to areas of the brain that control memory, emotions and movement, according to the American Music Therapy Association. 

First introduced in 1950, music therapy is increasingly being used to help nursing home residents cope with the grief that comes with losing much of their independence and physical strength as well as to improve memory, movement and calm.' 


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