Music best medicine
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.