Mu­sic best medicine

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

A PHAR­MACY that dis­penses groove rather than med­i­ca­tion has opened in Cur­ram­bine.

Bright­wa­ter launched a ‘mu­sic phar­macy’ with a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed for older peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia and Parkinson’s dis­ease and ac­ces­si­ble to any­one over 65 with en­thu­si­asm for mu­sic.

Weekly jam ses­sions at Cur­ram­bine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Thurs­days from 1pm are open to se­niors who are ea­ger to sing, strum and drum.

The classes cost $28 per ses­sion and will be led by pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians.

Bright­wa­ter will also run a pro­gram that en­ables peo­ple liv­ing at home to ex­pe­ri­ence and use the rev­erie harp, an in­stru­ment that has been de­scribed as hav­ing multi-sen­sory, med­i­ta­tive prop­er­ties and help­ing de­crease feel­ings of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

For $60 a week, par­tic­i­pants can take a rev­erie harp home for the term, as well as at­tend a weekly class guided by a pro­fes­sional harpist on Mon­days from 1pm.

Mu­sic and well­be­ing co­or­di­na­tor Hay­ley An­tipas, who is a clas­si­cally trained mu­si­cian, was ex­cited be bring the classes to the north­ern sub­urbs.

“Stud­ies have shown how it trig­gers so many dif­fer­ent re­ac­tions, and how it can make us feel good,” she said.

To reg­is­ter, call 9400 8700 or visit http://bit.ly/the­mu­sicphar­macy.

Bright­wa­ter mu­sic and well­be­ing co-or­di­na­tor Hay­ley An­tipas show­cas­ing some of the in­stru­ments for the Jam Ses­sions.

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