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Music therapy as part of Music YoU HEAL for Seniors

Music Project shines in Senior Focus

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The Snohomish County Music Project was featured in Senior Focus for use of music therapy in treating dementia and other aging-related disorders. Take a look.

Published by Senior Services of Snohomish County, the article is part of intense interest in music therapy at the Music Project. During its initial pilot, the “Music as medicine” intiative ran in partnership with Quail Park of Lynnwood, a Memory Care Facility.

The music therapy services provided therein has helped dozens of seniors with individualized music interventions (or therapies). This one-on-one work with Music Therapy Director Karla Hawley, MT-BC, M.Ed., music therapist Victoria Fansler, and  interns, has yielded tremendous progress for seniors during the past year. Individual sessions prepare individuals for group therapy, which benefits the residents in unique ways: from vocalization to memory preservation.

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Journey Ahead in 2016

Year End Report and Journey Ahead for 2016

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Work at the Snohomish County Music Project focuses on clients of all ages from all parts of the county. From seniors in Snohomish, to youth in South Everett, to children in Quil Ceda, the Music Project serves a diverse group of people. Each population has unique challenges. Since these groups vary so widely in age and location, our community partners don’t interact with each other often. Our partners are part of the community and deeply embedded. It makes for stronger relationships and sustainable support. Since these partners rarely interact with one another,  the chance to hear how programming is positively influencing each population is rare. For this reason, the Music Project will release a year-end report in January.
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Senior with iPod

Senior music therapy earns praise, restores hope

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Senior programs at the Snohomish County Music Project met warm praise this year. From completing a pilot study at Quail Park of Lynnwood to private music therapy services to the upcoming senior choirs, this year has been busy. It’s also just begun. We’re creating and expanding programs to meet people’s needs. One such population is seniors. Seniors helped build our community. Now, it’s time to help them. Read More

Group therapy for seniors during a Music YoU HEAL session.

Music YoU HEAL Overview

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Music YoU HEAL is a key program at the Snohomish County Music Project.

Music YoU HEAL uses music as a tool to help improve behavioral and emotional health outcomes for elderly populations suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and other age related diseases. It also addresses mature adults and veterans with mood disorders. However, the focus here is on aging and memory.  The musical tools and techniques of which stem from 50 years of evidence based clinical practice and research is known as Music Therapy.   One reason Music YoU HEAL is aimed at seniors is because music is processed in all parts of the brain thus assisting cognition and emotional processing. Read More

KING5 Coverage of Snohomish county Music Project's Music Therapy Program, Music as Medicine

KING5 features report on Alzheimer’s treatment and the SCMP

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KING5 News released a story Monday regarding the Snohomish County Music Project and Quail park’s partnership in delivering Alzheimer’s and aging-related disorder treatment to seniors. This pilot study began on June 3, 2014. Participants, on average, experienced positive outcomes on a range symptoms: memory recall, vocalization, mobility, and mood. The study consisted of two groups, each moving through different phases of individual music therapy sessions to group music therapy in common areas of the facility. See if you or a loved one would benefit from the Music as Medicine program, which was based on this work.

KOMO 4 News features our Music Therapy program

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The Snohomish County Music Project was featured on KOMO 4 News:

From the KOMO 4 news article:

Music therapist Karley Hawley dug deep into the patients’ pasts to pick 20 songs that bring up the best memories […] Each of the participants gets a song book catered to them and an iPod with their playlist. The technology becomes a tool for the team when simply talking people down doesn’t work.

When residents try to leave because they’re agitated or anxious, staff can now just play their iPod and console or comfort them and maybe even bring them joy.

The study found that participants had increased memory recall, decreased agitation, less need for some of their medicine, and some patients even spoke for the first time since their diagnosis.