Mu­sic pro­gram helps en­gage res­i­dents

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

THE ther­a­peu­tic power of mu­sic is be­ing used at Moonya to bring some added joy to res­i­dents’ lives.

Orig­i­nally made pos­si­ble through a $750 do­na­tion from the Man­jimup Ro­tary Club, the Bap­tist­care Moonya’s team set up the Mu­sic Con­nec­tion Pro­gram last year and were about to pur­chase six MP3 play­ers, six head­phones and CDs.

With guide­lines from Bap­tist­care’s Al­lied Health and De­men­tia Ini­tia­tive con­sul­tant Amanda Adams and $60 mu­sic gift cards, the pro­gram has bright­ened the days of par­tic­i­pat­ing Moonya res­i­dents.

Moonya’s lifestyle co­or­di­na­tor Suzette Star­ling and care part­ner Joy Robert­son have been work­ing with par­tic­i­pat­ing res­i­dents to pro­vide them with en­joy­able mu­sic breaks.

“It’s been a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for those in­volved in the pro­gram,” Ms Star­ling said.

“Joy played some well-known hymns in the Mem­ory Sup­port Unit with in­ter­est­ing ef­fects.

“Not only did res­i­dents en­joy sing­ing along, but the hymns ap­peared to have a calm­ing ef­fect.”

Ms Star­ling said it was amaz­ing how much they could en­gage with res­i­dents through mu­sic.

“They re­mem­ber the songs they liked,” she said.

Fund­ing from Alzheimers WA has al­lowed the pro­gram to ex­pand through the pur­chase of more au­dio equip­ment and a range of old time and pop­u­lar mu­sic from over the decades.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Moonya care part­ner Joy Robert­son joins in the love of mu­sic with res­i­dents Di­nah Brock­sopp, Kenny Fairall and Jenny Hope as they en­joy their mu­sic ther­apy in dif­fer­ent ways.

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