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The Gift of Music

Our Adult Day Program received the “gift of music” this week as three Yamaha Clavinova pianos were donated by Tina and Jeff Waddell of the Waddell Foundation, and by Pam Ecker. The Clavinova Connection will enhance the musical/wellness programs by adding an interactive piano lesson program designed to calm challenging behaviors of Alzheimer’s patients.

There are many benefits from music therapies. In 2004, a group of scientists led by neurologist, Barry Bittman, MD set out to determine whether or not a t recreational music making experience could reverse stress-induced biological changes that can lead to serious illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. The research team discovered that participating in the Clavinova Connection produced far greater reversal of stress-induced changes at the DNA level than typical relaxation activities. This scientific breakthrough provides key evidence documenting the extraordinary lifestyle benefits of this recreational music making program.

Elaine Brown, Adult Day Director says, “The ADS staff is very excited about the Clavinovas and the new opportunity they provide to use music as a recreational and therapeutic tool. Music is powerful. It can evoke happy memories, boost the spirit and encourages movement. Recreational music making is all about engaging in the creative expression of the music within your heart. A person’s ability to engage in music, to move with the beat, remains intact into the late stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Music provides a way to connect after verbal communication has become difficult; it improves the quality of your life.”

Clermont Senior Services thanks Tina and Jeff Waddell of the Waddell Foundation, and Pam Ecker for their generous gift towards enriching the lives of seniors. Cindy Jenkins Gramke, CEO/Executive Director says it all, “Both of you and your families are wonderful models of philanthropy that are great examples for others.”

  • Jan 30, 2014
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