Some patients with Parkinson's Disease find they are having trouble with perception, problem-solving, memory, and more; these are signs of cognitive decline. While some decline is part of typical aging processes, Parkinson's Disease can contribute to the onset of symptoms. Music Therapy addresses cognition using a variety of experiences rooted in the following techniques:
Support of the therapeutic mechanisms behind each of these techniques can be found in research published for decades in music therapy, neurology, and rehabilitation journals. To learn more about the therapeutic mechanisms behind these and other music therapy techniques, please join us at the NC Triangle Moving Day® (http://bit.ly/1FTYxn9) or contact us through our website.
National Parkinson Foundation: Believe in Better. (n.d.). Retrieved October 8, 2015.
Thaut, M. & Hoemberg, V. (2014). Handbook of neurologic music therapy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Each October, the National Parkinson Foundation hosts Moving Day® across the country to raise money for research, treatment, and other resources for people diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Representatives of Atlantic Music Therapy, LLC can be found under a tent at the NC Triangle Moving Day® on October 31st (for more details, click here: http://bit.ly/1FTYxn9). In honor of the event, we are sharing a three-part series about music therapy with Parkinson's Disease (PD).
Allison G. Hingley, MM, MT-BC
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