Learn how music and singing have healing powers for the young and the elderly alike.
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The Healing Power of Music Part 2/2 Female: I mean it was very emotional because I wanted to know why after I mean she was like 17 months old and we had been involved with services from the beginning why we didn’t know that it existed we never even knew what it was. Host: Celeste Behnke runs a private music therapy agency that helps parents continue their child’s music therapy in the comfort of their own home. Female: When she came home from the hospital prior to any music therapy she became very scared of everything in her environment. She has Charge Syndrome and charge syndrome is so multi sensory involved and when people think touch they think of touch and there’s so much more involves with Celeste Help and using the music this truly has helped her expand everything. Celeste Behnke: If you’re a person who’s trapped in a bio there’s going to be allowed to speak it doesn’t mean you don’t have all that in there and so being able to find an alternative means to express all of that provides that person that same response that’s same well being that same sense of I’m in charge, I’m worthy. Host: Doctor she will ever be able to speak but like any child racy will need to express her emotions and questions and fears and joys. Music can give her a voice away to communicate her feelings as she grows and adapts to the challenges she’ll face throughout her life. Female: I would argue with anyone who would try and say that she’s been the same place today if she had not had with — as healing is the things her doctors told her. Host: Gerry Brown who suffers from Dementia may not be able to say much these days except one line he repeats over and over again. But let him beat this little drum and its music to his wife Kenny’s ears. She knows that for a short time any way it will lessen the adjuration brought on by his disease. Female: I guess the expressions the domineer relaxation you can just tell that it relaxes in and he enjoys it. Host: Celeste Behnke says her work with senior that Woodland Healthcare, Yolo Adult Day Health Center is similar to what she does with children in her own homes. Celeste Behnke: I’m not teaching a person to perform an instrument or how to be a better musician, I’m using strategies like singing and moving to music or drawing to music or composing to a person better communicate feelings, ideas or access their feelings and ideas. We sing on the right side of our brain but we speak on the left side so if there’s been any sort of neurological damage and say because of the stroke and speech centers have been impacted it’s a way back to communication. A person can access language through singing. Female: And what we’ll do first is just listen and just allow your body to move. However you would imagine the music send you. Host: At Escaton’s Adult Day Health Center in Carmichael, facilitators combine music, movement and painting. Female: I just think of that music is an extension of movement and the movement can easily become color. Female: So what do you think when you hear this music and your painting there. What’s going thought? Male: Well I just relaxing and get the paint brush go. Host: People with Dementia loose their short term memory first while often retaining for some time they’re long ago remember in season feelings. Experts say both paintings and music can top in to their history as well as old emotion s in a positive way. Female: So they might forget their music a man but if they hear 76 trombones that sense of elation or tapping as might come back to them. Host: Well painting this flower Angie Gonzales remembers her childhood with her grandmother. Angie: She might me above when I was growing up and even Seattle from New York and something in me it’s like a communicating with her. Host: Family caregivers like Pat Pile notices that her mother’s art work gives her a sense of pride and dignity. Female: So you just have to prove anything to anyone. She doesn’t sell them. There’s no profit. It’s just the perso
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