Help us this #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018 reach our goal of $5,000 to provide Music Therapy & Wellness programs for one year to 30 seniors. Your donation gives up to 30 seniors supportive music therapy and wellness program for one hour each week for an entire year.
Music therapy and wellness at Eliza Bryant Village gives so much to our seniors - power, transformation, memory, wellness, happiness, peace and love.
Ms. M, a three year resident of Eliza Bryant Village, is many things: the youngest of ten siblings, a survivor of two strokes and lifelong lover of all things music. She studied as a music minor for two years in college in Tennessee where she was a member of glee club with her older brother. The club traveled often and she was able to travel to almost every state in the country. “I’ve always listened to music,” she said. “I love to sing – I may not be able to sing the best, but I was good enough to be in the glee club.”
All of her aunts were teachers – music teachers. She was surrounded by music throughout her life. So, when she suffered her first stroke nearly 30 years ago, followed by a second stroke, it was her faith in God and in music that helped her recover. She said, “Listening to music takes my mind off my problems and we all have problems. Nothing is perfect. But music can be perfect.”
Today, Ms. M is active in music programs throughout the Village. She participants in our Music & Wellness program.
She says that “God has been so good to me. I don’t have any signs of a stroke – the only thing that’s bad is my memory. But I remember songs. I like to sing. I like to tap my feet.”
“Music makes the world go round,” she said.
Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, our skilled nursing residents and adult day and senior outreach program participants who have suffered from trauma, violence, or crime during the course of their lifetime are able to access expanded therapy and support programs, including music, art and massage therapy and other enrichment activities such as pet visits, to help navigate the path to recovery. These programs enhance the quality of life for seniors by creating opportunities for social interaction that reduce isolation, improve relationship building skills between seniors and staff, increase emotional awareness with educational tools and reduce stress by providing enjoyable activities offered from trained professionals. The Harry K. and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation, Cyrus Eaton Foundation and United Black Fund also support our music therapy programming.
Alison Brady, MT-BC, NMT, Clinical Music Therapist at The Music Settlement, said on September 11, 2018 that she “had an amazing session today where we verbally processed through traumatic events, like September 11, 2001, then the group broke out in song to support a group member when they shared their traumatic event.” She added the group spontaneously started singing I’ll Fly Away and staff accompanied on guitar and harmonica and everyone sang with each other.
John Pearson provides music wellness through one on one visits with our seniors. He visits the Village three times a week to sing, play guitar and spend time with individuals who prefer not to leave their rooms to enjoy the music. He says he feels the connection is strengthened with this facetime relationship that helps encourage more talking and he is able to tailor music preferences in this more intimate setting. After a music wellness session, John notices that participants are more relaxed and overall have a more positive attitude because of the social interaction.
Please support our #GivingTuesday campaign by giving a generous donation on November 27, 2018 to help us reach our goal of $5,000.