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Clinical applications of Music Therapy and MUSIC & MEMORY℠


An interactive approach Research Advances and clinical applications of Music Therapy and MUSIC & MEMORY℠ for older adults living with dementia.

Clinical applications of Music Therapy and MUSIC & MEMORY℠ for older adults living with dementia presentation during 2017 Southern Gerontological Society Annual Meeting.


Presenter Names: 

1.     Kendra Ray, MBA, MPH, MT-BC a­­nd a PhD in Creative Arts Therapies candidate, Music Therapy Project Manager, MJHS Health System, kray@mjhs.org­

2.     John Abel, MPH, LPMT, MT-BC. Music Therapist, A. G. Rhodes Health & Rehab,  jabel@agrhodes.org

3.     Becky Watson, MBA, MT-BC, Owner, Music for Wellness, LLC, becky@music4wellness.net

4.     Deborah Ferris – Regional Director, Music and Memory, DEBORAH FERRIS, dferris@musicandmemory.org


Workshop Purpose:

1.  Overview and introductions of presenters and clinical music therapy interventions featuring percussion by Becky Watson

2. Current Music Therapy research with residents living with dementia Care in environments and applications by Kendra Ray

3.  Overview of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ with residents living with dementia research in Care environments and applications by  Deborah Ferris (M&M)

4. Conduct an Engaging and Interactive overview of combing evidenced based music therapy interventions and MUSIC & MEMORY℠ (personalized music listening)  by John Abel

Becky Watson is passionate about serving older adults, care partners and health care professionals with evidenced based Music Therapy programs and Music Wellness programs as the owner of Music for Wellness,LLC.  After serving her country for over 25 years and achieving the rank of Navy Captain, Becky completed her Music Therapy degree at Loyola, New Orleans and completed a Music Therapy Internship at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, VA. 

 Southern Gerontological Society

The Southern Gerontological Society is a network of the South’s most respected gerontology professionals. Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) members are educators, aging network personnel, researchers, health professionals, and policy makers. SGS provides the bridge between research and practice, translating and applying knowledge in the field of aging. https://southerngerontologicalsociety.org/

American Music Therapy Association

AMTA’s purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.


MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.  We train nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.



http://Music4Wellness.net Music for YOUR Wellness, Music for Wellness, LLC, 757-563-3488

email:  info@music4wellness.net

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