Saturday, November 29, 2014

Information on music therapy for Alzheimer's slowing becoming better known

How much progress has been made to make music therapy more available to seniors with dementia?
A good place to start looking is the writeup at “A Place for Mom” here.  There seem to be about 3200 therapists working now in the country.
The centerpiece for information seems to be the American Music Therapy Association, here.   There are about 70 colleges that offer degrees in Music Therapy, according to the AMTA.   The field seems to be developing, becoming standardized and has some bureaucracy.
Is music therapy a field for musicians who could use the income (performing in senior or assisted living centers)? Is it a field for IT projects?  We don’t hear a lot about in the news, outside of the film “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”, reviewed on the Movies blog July 26, 2014. 
Alicia Clair has a video on “Music Therapy, Alzheimer’s, and Post-Traumatic Stress” from the Library of Congress (2011).

Sunrise Senior Living has a link on the issue here.
Music therapy is also valuable in special education, with autism, but that is a different area. 

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