Category Archives: Caregiving

Past Free Webinar – Sing me a Memory: Music Therapy in Eldercare – January 14th, 2020

By: Michelle Sieben Doree, MT-BC, Past President of the Music Therapy Association of Minnesota, Music Therapist in Long-Term Care.

Handouts – Music Therapy

Earn 1 CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is listed as a Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

Music can be a powerful and cost effective tool for maintaining health for elderly individuals. From elder choirs of individuals with dementia and their caregivers to music listening programs,  music therapy may be used to promote relaxation, reduce pain, alter mood, maintain or improve physical abilities, stimulate memory recall, and more.  We will discuss music therapy and how it may be effectively utilized in eldercare. This webinar will explore the research about music, and specifically music therapy, as a treatment modality for seniors intermixed with personal vignettes from this practitioner’s ten-year career as a music therapist in senior living.

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Past Free Webinar – Beyond Diagnosis: Rehabilitation Aspects in Dementia – August 16, 2018

By: Edward Ratner, MD 

Handouts – Beyond Diagnosis – Rehabilitation Aspects in Dementia 8.16.18

Dementia is a broad category of brain diseases that cause a long-term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember that is great enough to affect a person’s daily functioning. The medical approach in dementia care often focuses entirely on diagnosis and pharmacological treatment followed by referral to community services.  Non-pharmacological interventions are increasingly being recognized as an important adjunct/alternative for dementia treatments. This presentation addresses the limited success in prevention and pharmacological treatment, and highlights the value of socialization, recreation, communication, and the helpful role of rehabilitation team members.

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