Benefits of Playing an Instrument for the Brain
You're reading Benefits of Playing an Instrument for the Brain, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Music is something that makes most people really happy. No matter what ethnicity, age or gender you belong to, you certainly love to listen to music. Aside from listening to music, there are other ways on how you can enjoy it. You can take up music lessons and enjoy playing musical instruments. This is something that will not only give you something to do during your free time but can also provide other benefits...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Curtis_Dean Tags: depression happiness meditation better mental health healthy brain music Source Type: blogs

Marking the Journey: The Importance of Ceremony
Photo credit Ahim D. Silva Birth, graduations, marriage, anniversaries, death - important moments in our lives are often celebrated by some type of ceremony. In our middle to late years, we are often encouraged to plan the type of funeral we'd like, even pre-paying so our loved ones won't have to juggle business and grief. Everyone has different ideas about when a ceremony is appropriate, however, I've learned about a new ceremony that I find very appealing.   It's the "Walking You Home" program and it offers a dignified touch and family support immediately after the death of a loved one. Read the full ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - January 17, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

How to Reduce the Risk of Winter Falls for Aging Adults
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), falls are the leading cause of death from injury among older adults. Thom Disch has a passion for this topic and has been compiling statistics and stories related to this healthcare crisis for over a decade. Thom owns HandiProducts, a web-based business that showcases the dozens of products that he has developed specifically for preventing slips and falls. He also wrote “Stop the Slip,” which is packed with practical tips. Read the full article on HealthCentral for tips and leads to products to reduce falls: Carol Bradley Bursack is the Candid Caregiver Medi...
Source: Minding Our Elders - January 14, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Dad's Decision Not To Be Treated for Cancer Upsets Daughter
Photo credit Matteo Vistocco Dear Carol: There’s probably no right answer to what I’m asking but I felt the need to write, just for comfort. My mother died when I was in my teens so Dad has been the only parent that I’ve had for more than 20 years. I have no siblings. Dad’s now in his seventies and has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He’s beaten both melanoma and lung cancer in the past, but he tells me that this cancer should be slow growing and that he’ll probably die before it’s a problem so he doesn’t want to treat it. I want him to go full-on with eve...
Source: Minding Our Elders - January 13, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Understanding Hospice Care: It's About Refocusing Priorities
Our culture is steeped in language that makes accepting the terminal diagnosis of ourselves or a loved one more difficult to accept than it needs to be. Doctors say, “I’m sorry, there’s nothing more we can do. You might want to look into hospice care.” Patients tell their doctors that they want “aggressive treatment,” until there is nothing else that can be done, then they will go on hospice care. The crux of these conversations is that medicine will do everything possible and then when you give up you will go on hospice care. Read the full article on HealthCentral about how viewing...
Source: Minding Our Elders - January 12, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

How Music Therapy Can Increase Quality of Life for Those in Hospice
For many, music from certain eras can bring back memories of better times. For others, music soothes anxiety or gets them pumped up for a workout. When it comes to people living with dementia, music can help in all of those ways, but it can also help cognition. 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. Read the full article on HealthCentral about how...
Source: Minding Our Elders - January 11, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

A Wee Wiggle in my Journey to Family
You're reading A Wee Wiggle in my Journey to Family, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Many of us have faced depression, struggled with low self-esteem, and other debilitating mental health challenges. My own journey with depression was a result of growing up with a rare blood disorder and being told I could never have children of my own. This completely changed my dreams of what family and life meant. Years later I suffered with a rare soft tissue sarcoma, yet, baffling the best of doctors, I survived. I&rs...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: donnagrantwilcox Tags: depression featured psychology self improvement best books Donna Grant Wilcox faith family mental health pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

3 Strange and Surprising Ways Music Affects Your Well-Being
Conclusion Music is truly remarkable. That it lifts your mood, amplifies your emotions, and makes you dance is well-known. But it can also improve mental performance, reduce stress, and even alleviate symptoms of brain degeneration as these studies show. So the next time you’re feeling stressed, you know what to do – grab the nearest headphones and start listening!You've read 3 Strange and Surprising Ways Music Affects Your Well-Being, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. (Source: PickTheBrain | Mot...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - July 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: pjkaka Tags: creativity depression featured happiness psychology self improvement benefits of music music therapy pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Caregiver Boot Camp: Putting Ourselves In Another's Place
Please wipe this mess off of my face. Please! Don't go so fast, I can't swallow! I'm not ready for a drink yet.  Is this bite going to be hot or cold? Sweet or bitter? Pureed meat or pudding? Please wipe my face! Read two-part article on HealthCentral about the boot camp training experience: Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders of Minding Our Elders e-mail Carol                  Related StoriesOptimistic Thinking: could It Help Preserve Your Memory and JudgementHow Mu...
Source: Minding Our Elders - July 24, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Multigenerational Living: The Pluses and Minuses of In-law Suites
When I was a teen, my parents had a home specifically built with separate quarters so that my grandmother could live with us and still maintain her privacy. For us, it was simply a decision that would allow Grandma to move in—nothing newsworthy at the time. Nowadays, with our tendency to label trends, sociologists would call my family’s arrangement “multigenerational living,” and Grandma’s special living area would be considered an “in-law suite.”  Read full article on Agingcare about how some families can make multigenerational living work: Photo credit Nathan Anderson: ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - July 18, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Living While Dying: Role Models for Dying Well
Death. For some, it signals the beginning of a more perfect life. For others, it is the end. Ultimately, for everyone, death is part of the life cycle and no amount of medical intervention will change that. Filmmaker Cathy Zheutlin became fascinated by the way that different cultures and religions view the death experience, and in the process, she has made a remarkable film titled Living While Dying, which features people who are going through that process and their varying emotions. Read the full article on HealthCentral about various philosophies surrounding death and watch touching interviews with those going throu...
Source: Minding Our Elders - July 17, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

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 c...
Source: Minding Our Elders - July 16, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

The Healing Qualities of Music Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment
Various types of therapies have proven to be useful in alcohol and drug rehab programs, but music therapy is a tool that many individuals seeking treatment may not understand fully. Studies have shown that music therapy provides significant healing, emotionally, physically, and mentally, and it may end up being an important aspect of your own substance abuse treatment. What Is Music Therapy? Music therapy is very different from music in the form of entertainment. It is a clinical and evidence-based therapeutic practice that utilizes music to accomplish goals within an individual’s therapy program.1 Each client&rsquo...
Source: World of Psychology - July 11, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kelsey Brown Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Creativity Habits LifeHelper Psychology Psychotherapy Recovery Substance Abuse Treatment Drug rehabilitation Music Therapy Source Type: blogs

Parallels and Divergence Between Neuroscience and Humanism: Considerations for the Music Therapist | Music Therapy Perspectives
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Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - June 16, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: blogs

Music and heart health
What’s your “cheer up” song? That question popped up on a recent text thread among a few of my longtime friends. It spurred a list of songs from the ‘70s and ‘80s, back when we were in high school and college. But did you know that music may actually help boost your health as well as your mood? Music engages not only your auditory system but many other parts of your brain as well, including areas responsible for movement, language, attention, memory, and emotion. “There is no other stimulus on earth that simultaneously engages our brains as widely as music does,” says Brian Harris,...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julie Corliss Tags: Health Heart Health Source Type: blogs

Music Offers Many Cognitive, Emotional and Physical Benefits to Young and Old
“Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. It acts as medicine.” — Macklemore Much research over the years has centered on the potential, perceived and realized benefits of music. In fact, the area of study has blossomed, growing from the preliminary findings of earlier studies to recent ones that built upon them. What’s exciting is the widespread and diverse benefits that music offers to everyone, young, old and in-between. Musical training gives babies’ brains a boost. Even before babies can walk or talk, they can benef...
Source: World of Psychology - May 14, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Brain and Behavior Creativity Happiness Health-related Motivation and Inspiration Research Self-Esteem Stress Coping Emotional Support Music Therapy musical therapy Source Type: blogs

Soothe Your Stress Away with Music
If you regularly turn to music intuitively to relieve stress, you certainly aren’t alone. You can definitely tap into the power of music to bring healing to yourself. Read along to discover the hidden psychological benefits of music that will make you feel better in times of stress. If you are not a music lover, the treasure trove of hidden benefits below just might convert you to begin singing a new tune as your go-to stress reliever. Music can help relieve stress. In one 2013 study, participants took part in one of three conditions before being exposed to a stressor, and subsequently took a psychosocial stress t...
Source: World of Psychology - February 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Emily Waters Tags: Creativity Memory and Perception Research Self-Help Stress Music Self Care stress management stress reduction Source Type: blogs

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 full article on HealthCentral about how music t...
Source: Minding Our Elders - February 21, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

5 Ways Taking a Dance Class Can Fight Depression
If you’ve struggled with depression, you’ve probably heard the statistics. Depression affects more than 350 million people worldwide, and women are 2-3 times more likely to be diagnosed than men. It can be triggered by a major life event, or can arrive without warning. More than just “the blues,” it can take the joy out of everyday life, leaving you feeling empty and unmotivated.  For some people, psychotherapy or prescription medication can help alleviate the symptoms. But have you considered dancing? Dance is considered to be one of the earliest forms of human communication, and it&...
Source: World of Psychology - March 13, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Abigail Keyes, MA Tags: Brain and Behavior Creativity Happiness Health-related Self-Help Aerobic Exercise Aerobics dance dancing Depression Major Depressive Disorder Weight Training Source Type: blogs

Concetta Tomaino and the Healing Power of Music
Congratulations to Disruptive Women in Health Care Dr. Concetta Tomaino who continues to show us the power of music to heal. The following post by Deborah Harkins first appeared in Women’s Voices for Change on July 11, 2016. Concetta Tomaino with her late colleague Dr. Oliver Sacks, to whom Dustin Hoffman presented the Music Has Power award in 2006. Music! We know it can stimulate, excite, soothe, transport . . . . indeed, it sometimes sparks emotion so pleasurable that it actually sends chills down the spine. (Like sex, cocaine other abused drugs, and food, music triggers the area of the brain that release...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Obama’s Lousy Suboxone Offer
I was reading more about Obama’s executive order over at Dr. Burson’s blog.  I guess she is a ‘competitor’ in the blogging world, but I have to admit that her blog has a lot more detail about the issue than I do.  If you haven’t been there yet, check it out.  Keep coming back here too of course! She wrote recently about the rules that would be required by the Feds, in order for them t o allow us the ‘right’ to treat people with buprenorphine.   I wrote to Dr. Burson after reading her post that she is providing the facts, and I can’t help but provide t...
Source: Suboxone Talk Zone - May 16, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Jeffrey Junig MD PhD Tags: Addiction Buprenorphine Public policy Suboxone treatment heroin addiction obama suboxone treatment Suboxone treatment cap TREAT Act Source Type: blogs

Obama ’s Lousy Suboxone Offer
I was reading more about Obama’s executive order over at Dr. Burson’s blog.  I guess she is a ‘competitor’ in the blogging world, but I have to admit that her blog has a lot more detail about the issue than I do.  If you haven’t been there yet, check it out.  Keep coming back here too of course! She wrote recently about the rules that would be required by the Feds, in order for them t o allow us the ‘right’ to treat people with buprenorphine.   I wrote to Dr. Burson after reading her post that she is providing the facts, and I can’t help but provide t...
Source: Suboxone Talk Zone - May 16, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Jeffrey Junig MD PhD Tags: Addiction Buprenorphine Public policy Suboxone treatment heroin addiction obama suboxone treatment Suboxone treatment cap TREAT Act Source Type: blogs

Institute for Music and Neurologic Function’s 2015 Summer Institute
Each One Counts Foundation Sponsors Institute for Music and Neurologic Function’s 2015 Summer Institute Workshop to Explore Therapeutic Applications of Music in Pediatric Pain Management Bronx, New York – The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, a member of CenterLight Health System, will offer a two-day workshop to enhance and increase the therapeutic applications of music in pediatric pain management. Presented July 13 -14, the symposium is made possible by a generous, $10,000 grant by Each One Counts Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing complementary pain management therapies for childr...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Advocacy Children Chronic Conditions Source Type: blogs

Assembly Manual for Autism Articles
I haven't seen one of these for a while- a newspaper article on a parent's view of autism that adheres rigorously to the the template I wrote in 2008. Today offering is titled Autism and ABA: 'My beautiful, fun little boy was slipping away from me'. In this we learn how wealthy, beautiful and accomplished Tanja Gullestrup uses tough-love therapy to "stop her losing [her three year old son] to this isolating condition".So here's Step 1-4 of the Autism Article TM Template (Step 5 is optional and refers to vaccination-bashing autism articles) :1: Baby is born2: Everyone rejoices3: Baby grows4: Mum realises baby...
Source: The Voyage - March 1, 2015 Category: Child Development Tags: aba autism autism in the media Source Type: blogs

Music as Medicine
The following post is written by Lisa Suennen one of our 2015 Women to Watch. It originally ran on her blog Venture Valkyrie. It happens every time. I hear “Bad to the Bone” on the radio and suddenly all is right with the world. I love music and I have learned that if I choose the correct genre and tempo  I can improve a depressed state or calm a hyper one. I have song lists on my iPod called Cranky and Stressed, F the World, and Happiness, all designed around my various moods. Music can have a profound affect on my state of mind. I think this is true for most people, actually. The therapeutic value of mus...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - December 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Consumer Health Care Innovation Technology Source Type: blogs

"I Don't Know My Body" Patient Creates Havoc In Local ER.
Fort Collins, CO --  Doctors and nurses at St. Mary's Hospital were on edge yesterday after 27 year-old teenager Jenny Franklin ran straight through ER triage repeatedly yelling "I don't know my body!" as her mother smother, with two suitcases in tow, hovered over her every word. "In my 27 years of nursing, I've never had an anxious young female  tell me they didn't know their body.  Quite frankly, I was scared for her," said Janice Jurgensen, the ER nurse assigned to stabilize Jenny and her mother as payback for calling in sick three Friday nights in a row.  "We've had drills t...
Source: The Happy Hospitalist - November 3, 2014 Category: Internists and Doctors of Medicine Authors: Tamer Mahrous Source Type: blogs

#ePharma 2014 Highlights: Main Conference Day 2
ePharma's Co-Chairman, Pete Dannenfelser, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, kicked off our opening remarks for the final day of ePharma 2014. Dannenfelser emphasized that it's not digital we're talking about, it's changing business. We need to be innovators AND leaders, not one or the other. It took us ten years to become comfortable with video, so what's next? Wearables. He also discussed the idea of telemedicine and technology, EMR's are going to happen. Technology and healthcare are merging, we have to evolve with it, go change, do stuff differently.Shortly after opening remarks, Otis Anderson, Super Bowl XXV Most Valuable Playe...
Source: ePharma Summit - February 13, 2014 Category: Medical Marketing and PR Tags: 2014 ePharma Summit Changing healthcare models digital healthcare Digital Marketing for Pharma EMRs Wearables Source Type: blogs

Can Music Tame Your Inner Beast? Music Therapy for Mental Health
Music can affect a person’s thoughts, feelings and behavior and has been shown to assist with managing stress, expressing emotion and improving communication. Music therapy — the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals — helps people with understanding and developing self-identity, promoting quality of life and maintaining well-being. So how does music therapy work to help someone with their mental health concerns? Music therapy can be used with children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health needs as well as seniors af...
Source: World of Psychology - June 22, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Saakshi Arora Tags: Creativity Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Psychotherapy Self-Help Treatment Adults With Developmental Disabilities Being Music Creating Music Health Music Improving Communication Improvisation Inner Bea Source Type: blogs

Musical emotion detector
Music recommendation systems have been around for a while, last.fm, Pandora, Spotify, Peter Gabriel’s “The Filter” and more recently they have been extended into the social domain, just like it was in the days before mp3s and Napster when we used to make mix tapes for each other and recommend bands. But, one thing that all of the various systems have in common is that the software doesn’t understand the emotion inherent in the songs (other than in general genre terms). Now, informatics expert Angelina Tzacheva and her colleagues at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, hope to remed...
Source: Sciencebase Science Blog - January 9, 2013 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: David Bradley Tags: Science detector emotion musical Source Type: blogs

Alternative vs. Integrative Medicine
Once upon a time individuals facing cancer felt they had to choose between one of two options- surgery and chemotherapy or alternative treatment.  But a new breed of medicine is emerging, one that bridges the gap between the two worlds and offers the best of each.  It’s called integrative medicine and world renowned medical centers such as Harvard and Stanford are pioneering training programs for the physician of the future.      A Brief History   “Alternative medicine” was probably the first ‘other medicine’ term to gain popularity in the US and refers to treatm...
Source: Dr. Donna, MedicineWoman - February 1, 2009 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Dr. Donna Tags: Cancer Integrative medicine Personal Health Source Type: blogs