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What LESSONS can we Learn from LEMONS and a LEMON TREE-1

What LESSONS can we Learn from LEMONS and a LEMON TREE?

Published: August 27, 2015

“What LESSONS can we Learn from LEMONS and a LEMON TREE?” The Senior Champions from programs at New Zion Baptist Church and Our Saviour Lutheran Church shared their “words of wisdom” during an engaging and energizing music therapy session. As summer is nearing an end and we are enjoying summer treats including lemonade, ice tea […]

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Perfectly Pink Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drum program during a “Perfectly Pink” Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

Published: August 20, 2015

I am so grateful to share the power of HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drum program during a “Perfectly Pink” Breast Cancer Support Group meeting at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute in Flint, MI. Over 16 Breast Cancer thriving survivors experienced how to LIVE WELL through rhythm, sound, community building and social support. We began with an overview […]

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Pirate SPIRITED Theme Intergenerational Music Therapy program-1

Pirate SPIRITED Theme Intergenerational Music Therapy program

Published: August 18, 2015

ARRRR … Ye reckon there were Pirates everywhere … the senior champions were empowered to dress, act, talk, move and take a VOYAGE during an energizing, engaging and empowering Pirate themed music therapy session! While on our musical voyage, we picked up lit’l pirates along the way (children of the Family Focus preschool) for a […]

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Flying, floating and energizing older adults living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease with a Colorful parachute

Published: August 13, 2015

Flying, floating and energizing older adults living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease with a Colorful parachute. This Health Beat Video illustrates how a large colorful parachute is used to energize, engage and empower older adults living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease in beautiful Colonial Williamsburg, VA. The parachute may be used for tactile stimulation, gross […]

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Marching and Drumming to Patriotic Music

Published: August 6, 2015

MARCHING up Wellness with a blue Djembe drum to celebrate patriotic themed sessions with older adults living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. This Health Beat Video demonstrates the use of a Blue Djembe drum with John Philip Sousa marches to stimulate and energize older adults living dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Theses fast tempo and festive […]

Posted In: Music Therapy, Veteran
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Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells … yes, Christmas in the SUMMER

Published: August 3, 2015

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells … yes, Christmas in the SUMMER themed Music Therapy session stimulated the senior champions during an energizing, engaging and empowering session! We were also joined with the children of the Family Focus preschool for an Intergenerational Music Therapy program. The seniors began the session with a deep breathing opening wellness exercise […]

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Summer Day with Yellow Scarf and Smiling Sunshine Sign

Published: July 29, 2015

Summer Day with Yellow scarf and smiling Sunshine Sign to Serve older adults living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. This Health Beat Video is on a beautiful summer day that illustrates how a large yellow sunshine sign and scarf and is used to energize, empower and engage older adults living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. […]

Posted In: Alzheimer, Music Therapy
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A lively, spirited and energetic Summer Celebration at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Norfolk, VA.

Published: July 27, 2015

  A lively, spirited and energetic Summer Celebration themed Music Wellness program stimulated and energized the Early Alzheimer’s Support and Education (EASE) participants and visitors. During the middle of the summer heat, this session allowed these wonderful individuals to experience joy, happiness and laughter through engaging and empowering music making! We were honored to have […]

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Moving and Shaking with Patriotic Conga Shakers Health Beat Video

Published: July 23, 2015

SHAKING up Wellness with Red White and Blue conga shakers for older adults living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. This Health Beat Video demonstrates the use of “red, white and blue” conga shakers during Patriotic sessions with older adults living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The shakers allow for creativity, gross motor movement, cognitive stimulation, […]

Posted In: Dementia, Music Therapy
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A Rhythmic Ocean Walk on the Beach-1

A Rhythmic Ocean Walk on the Beach

Published: July 20, 2015

  A Rhythmic Ocean Walk on the Beach stimulated the senior champions during an energizing, engaging and empowering Music Therapy themed session today, We were also joined with the children of the Family Focus preschool for an Intergenerational Music Therapy program. The seniors began the session with a deep breathing opening wellness exercise. Then the […]

Posted In: Alzheimer, Music Therapy
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Loving Red Maracas and Signs to Serve older adults living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Published: July 15, 2015

This Health Beat Video illustrates the benefits of using signs, maracas and scarves for older adults living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. These colorful props are a very effective tool to help communicate without words, especially for older adults. The red scarf and maracas may be used for tactile stimulation, gross and fine motor skills, […]

Posted In: Alzheimer, Music Therapy
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Veteran LEARNING from other Veterans during ODU Small Business Resource Day, ODU Business Gateway, June 2015

Published: July 7, 2015

This Health Beat Video is LIVE from the Old Dominion University (ODU) Business Gateway Small Business Resource Day. During this event, I played the Angel Harp to share the benefits of music to reduce stress and anxiety, especially for entrepreneurs. This event included opening remarks from the ODU Business Gateway Executive Director, Marty Kaszubowski, and […]

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Summertime, Summertime, FUN FUN Summertime

Published: July 2, 2015

  Summertime, Summertime, FUN FUN Summertime was this week’s theme during the Senior Champions Program at New Zion Baptist Church in Williamsburg. This program is an Adult Day Care Pilot program managed by the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation. The session began by shaking Seashell Castanets to the tune “I’ve Got the Castanet Blues” … we […]

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Music Therapy Activities Stars Stars Everywhere

Stars Stars Everywhere

Published: June 27, 2015

Stars, Stars, Everywhere was the theme during the Senior Champions Program at New Zion Baptist Church in Williamsburg. This program is an Adult Day Care Pilot program managed by the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation. We were honored to have two special guests, Kathryn Baerwald, Chief Philanthropist from National Lutheran Community and Services (NLCS) and Hannah, […]

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Catch a falling Star Music Therapy activities with Star Sound Shape Drums for older adults

Published: June 26, 2015

This Health Beat Video is LIVE from Colonial Williamsburg, VA on a beautiful summer day. It illustrates an engaging activity with the colorful Star Shaped Sound Shape drums with older adults living with Alzheimer’s Disease to the song “Catch a Falling Star” sung by Frank Sinatra. Remo Star shape drums may be purchased at: www.westmusic.com […]

Posted In: Alzheimer, Music Therapy
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