This week I had the privilege to co-treat with Ana-Lopez, the founder and lead music therapist for The House of Music Therapy. We worked with a group of elderly in an assisted living and memory care facility. This group’s ages range broadly, and cognitive abilities varied, but we knew the activities that we wanted to engage them in. We engaged them with the group, leveraging a couple of sings alongs, as they scanned for the first time who the people next to them were as they joined together singing.
Then we transitioned onto a movement activity were Ana utilized a familiar tune to start activating their muscles from toe tapping to raising their arms. This portion of the session
made the clients utilize their breath, multiple muscle groups, and their brain as they listened and watched what movement they were supposed to carry out. The specific rhythmic cue that Ana was providing for the clients, through the timing of what she was playing on the guitar, gave them an instinctive pulse to know when to do the specific movement.