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The Power of Music
Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) partners with the internationally-renowned Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), to provide music therapy as part of its rehabilitation services. The program is implemented by a certified music therapist who works with individual patients or in small groups. Based on more than 30 years of clinical research, this program benefits those with physical and neurological conditions such as stroke, brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and depression.
IMNF music therapists use clinical music therapy techniques to help meet rehabilitation goals. For example, using a rhythmic beat to coordinate movement may help individuals improve their ability to walk. Even some patients who cannot speak can work with a music therapist to help them regain their ability to communicate by singing words and phrases, as opposed to simply speaking them.
The music therapy program has rapidly transformed CNR’s rehabilitation center into a lively environment where patients are more engaged in their treatment and find their physical and occupational therapy sessions enjoyable.
In addition to clinical music therapy services, the IMNF also offers the Well-Tuned: Music Players for Health Program that enables music therapists to work with family members and caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to create a customized list of music, specifically tailored for that individual. The music is then loaded onto an iPod and listened to in order to stabilize mood, reduce tension and improve overall quality of life.
We also offer patients the opportunity to participate in enjoyable programs that have been carefully designed to promote wellness, enhance memory, improve communication, alleviate pain and manage stress. These include resident choirs, drumming circles, bell chime groups and other music therapy activities.
CNR and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function are bringing digital music technology to residents through the MIDI Room, where patients, with the help of a skilled music therapist, use electronic devices and computers to help them compose, play back, record, store and even perform their own or others’ music. For more information, please call us at 1-877-426-7225 or email us.