How Music Therapy Can Increase Quality of Life for Those in Hospice

Hospice organizations are keenly aware of the soothing power of music. Sometimes the music may be used casually, by the facility or the family, knowing that this is a type of music that the person who is in the dying process had always enjoyed. Increasingly, though, employing trained music therapists has been favored. This type of therapy seems especially helpful with those who are dying from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Perhaps this is because in the final stage of dementia, people have usually moved beyond the point where conversation is possible. Read more on HealthCentral about how music therapy can help those who lives are drawing to an end: Photo permission by Karen Sholander Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders of Minding Our Elders e-mail Carol                  Related StoriesSleep Expert: How to Tame the Insomnia That Can Come with AgePalliative Care: What It Is and How It Differs from HospiceIs Our Youth-Obsessed Culture Making You Cognitively Old? 
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