Nearly all of us can attest to the therapeutic nature of music, and research supports the validity of music therapy as it relates to the elderly. The McGuire Group utilizes music therapy to aid in the restoration, maintenance or improvement of an individual’s speech and language skills, as well as emotional, physical and cognitive functioning.
Our music therapy program is resident-focused, offering a comprehensive, customized plan of care that’s designed to fulfill the individual needs of each resident. Music therapists at The McGuire Group utilize this beneficial form of therapy for enhancing the quality of life for our residents, their family members and even our staff.
Music Therapy Adds to Quality of Life
Through music therapy, residents at The McGuire Group have found success in the following areas of functioning and skill sets:
Speech: Music therapy has proven effective in slowing the regression of speech and language skills. This is helpful when considering dementia or Alzheimer’s residents who often have speech difficulties as the disease progresses. With music therapy, they’re still able to sing or hum along to favorite songs. In addition, rhythm-based exercises coupled with words can boost speech lucidity for stroke patients and those with Parkinson’s disease.
Cognitive: Music can be used to maintain memory organization and thought processing. Songs from an individual’s past can evoke memories and stimulate brain activity. This notion is essential in various music therapy techniques which utilize music experiences to help trigger memories, provide acquisition to new hobbies and help patients retain consistent and accurate information about their surroundings, such as names, dates and other important memories.
Physical/Motor Skills: Playing instruments, dancing and singing can help promote endurance, range of motion, strength, functional hand movements, limb coordination and dexterity. Oftentimes, such treatment will work in conjunction with regimens designed by occupational and physical therapists.
Social/Emotional: Music can be a powerful bonding tool especially when incorporated into group activities. Whether they’re discussing old favorites or producing their own tunes, these activities connect residents in meaningful activity. This also benefits self-esteem and fosters self-expression.
The McGuire Group is pleased to offer such an important and beneficial program to our residents as well as future music therapists.
Music Therapy Internship
The McGuire Group is proud to announce that our health care facilities are approved clinical training sites through the American Music Therapy Association.
Our 6-month internship program offers a truly unique opportunity and is among a select group of pre-approved programs in the WNY area. Individuals interested in taking part in this fulfilling opportunity can apply by clicking HERE.
The prospective intern, who must successfully complete his/her collegiate coursework to be considered, must submit an application and sit for an audition-interview to assess musical and interpersonal skills. Upon acceptance, the intern will work full-time for The McGuire Group’s WNY facilities following a stringent and dedicated commitment to growing and developing skills in the areas of dementia care, long-term care and palliative care/end-of-life. After successful completion of the internship, the individual will be eligible to sit for the music therapy national board-certification exam.
For inquiries and program start dates, please contact:
Terri Kasprzak, LCAT, MT-BC
The McGuire Group
716-694-7700 ext 148
To download a PDF of the Music Therapy Internship Application, CLICK HERE.