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Drum Power a Venezia

Vol VI n.71

Lunedì  30  dicembre  2013  ore  15.30-19
Presso la Sala  Consiliare  Sernaglia  (fronte Stazione  FS di  Venezia Mestre)

DRUM POWER!Drum Power - Diana Tedoldi
Workshop esperienziale sul potere del tamburo, con Diana Tedoldi

Ascolto, risonanza, condivisione, entusiasmo,
profonda attivazione di corpo – mente – emozioni.
Un pomeriggio di tamburi, percussioni, pratica vocale, silenzio e movimento, strumenti antichi di un vivere organico, che ci guideranno alla scoperta della nostra natura ritmica.

Esploreremo insieme il potere del suono, della voce e del ritmo del tamburo sul nostro benessere, andando e venendo dal silenzio, matrice primaria del suono che siamo.

Presenti, attenti, aperti, risonanti dentro-fuori,
scopriremo la forza e la bellezza di essere insieme
nello stesso suono, la nostra voce madre
nello stesso battito, il battito del cuore della terra

Conduttrice del percorso:
D.ssa Diana Tedoldi: Counselor, formatrice specializzata in ascolto e community building, autrice del libro “L’albero della musica – Tamburo, Stati di coscienza, Drum Therapy”.

Centro  Civico  di  Via  Sernaglia  n.43, Mestre. Partecipazione gratuita previa iscrizione scrivendo a

Centro Veneto Donne in Musica. Tel.

Vol VI n.70

Help Spread the Music—and Give New Life to Someone You Love

No one wants to end up alone and isolated in a nursing home. It’s hard enough to lose someone you love to Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. It’s terrifying to think you could end up there yourself, someday.
But there’s reason to hope for a better life as we age. At Music & Memory, we help elders in care facilities suffering from a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.

Beloved Music Can Renew Lives Lost to Dementia

Our approach is simple, elegant and effective: We train elder care professionals how to set up personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for those in their care. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring residents and clients back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.
Music & Memory’s work is rooted in extensive neuroscience research. The results can be nothing short of miraculous.
Meet Henry, who suffered from dementia for a decade and barely said a word to anyone—until Music & Memory set up an iPod program at his nursing home:


The Therapeutic Benefits of Personalized Music

Henry’s remarkable re-awakening is not unique. In more than 140 Certified Music & Memory Care Facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, we’ve helped thousands of residents struggling from dementia and other chronic cognitive and physical impairments reconnect with family, friends and caregivers through our personalized digital music program.

Our ongoing research and evaluation of Music & Memory’s work in elder care facilities shows consistent results:

  • Residents are happier and more social.
  • Relationships among staff, residents and family deepen.
  • Everyone benefits from a calmer, more supportive social environment.
  • Staff regain valuable time previously lost to behavior management issues.
  • There is growing evidence that a personalized music program gives professionals one more tool in their effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic medications.
Help Us Reach More People Like Henry

Our goal is to make this miraculous form of personalized therapeutic music the gold standard in elder care facilities throughout the U.S. and beyond—and train family caregivers to bring personalized digital music to their loved ones at home.

There are millions like Henry struggling to escape the isolation of dementia. Please help them feel alive again through Music & Memory.

Alzheimer’s Foudation and Musictherapy

Vol VI n.69
Music has power—especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. And it can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease.
When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.
This happens because rhythmic and other well-rehearsed responses require little to no cognitive or mental processing. They are influenced by the motor center of the brain that responds directly to auditory rhythmic cues. A person’s ability to engage in music, particularly rhythm playing and singing, remains intact late into the disease process because, again, these activities do not mandate cognitive functioning for success.

Music Associations. Most people associate music with important events and a wide array of emotions. The connection can be so strong that hearing a tune long after the occurrence evokes a memory of it.
Prior experience with the piece is the greatest indicator of an individual’s likely response. A melody that is soothing for one person may remind another of the loss of a loved one and be tragically sad.
If the links with the music are unknown, it is difficult to predict an individual’s response. Therefore, observe a person’s reaction to a particular arrangement and discontinue it if it evokes distress, such as agitation, facial grimaces or increasing muscular tension.

Top Ten Picks. Selections from the individual’s young adult years—ages 18 to 25—are most likely to have the strongest responses and the most potential for engagement.
Unfamiliar music can also be beneficial because it carries no memories or emotions. This may be the best choice when developing new responses, such as physical relaxation designed to manage stress or enhance sleep.
As individuals progress into late-stage dementia, music from their childhood, such as folk songs, work well. Singing these songs in the language in which they were learned sparks the greatest involvement.

Sound of Music. Typically, “stimulative music” activates, while “sedative music” quiets. Stimulative music, with percussive sounds and fairly quick tempos, tends to naturally promote movement, such as toe taps. Look to dance tunes of any era for examples. Slightly stimulative music can assist with activities of daily living: for example, at mealtime to rouse individuals who tend to fall asleep at the table or during bathing to facilitate movement from one room to another.
On the other hand, the characteristics of sedative music—ballads and lullabies—include unaccented beats, no syncopation, slow tempos, and little percussive sound. This is the best choice when preparing for bed or any change in routine that might cause agitation.
Responses that are opposite of those expected can occur and are likely due to a person’s specific associations with the piece or style of music.

Agitation Management. Non-verbal individuals in late dementia often become agitated out of frustration and sensory overload from the inability to process environmental stimuli. Engaging them in singing, rhythm playing, dancing, physical exercise, and other structured music activities can diffuse this behavior and redirect their attention.
For best outcomes, carefully observe an individual’s patterns in order to use music therapies just prior to the time of day when disruptive behaviors usually occur.

Emotional Closeness. As dementia progresses, individuals typically lose the ability to share thoughts and gestures of affection with their loved ones. However, they retain their ability to move with the beat until very late in the disease process. Ambulatory individuals can be easily directed to couple dance, which may evoke hugs, kisses or caresses; those who are no longer walking can follow cues to rhythmically swing their arms. They often allow gentle rocking or patting in beat to the music and may reciprocate with affection. An alternative to moving or touching is singing, which is associated with safety and security from early life. Any reciprocal engagement provides an opportunity for caregivers and care receivers to connect with one another, even when the disease has deprived them of traditional forms of closeness.

How-to of music therapy:
Early stage—

  • Go out dancing or dance in the house.
  • Listen to music that the person liked in the past—whether swing or Sinatra or salsa. Recognize that perceptual changes can alter the way individuals with dementia hear music. If they say it sounds horrible, turn it off; it may to them.
  • Experiment with various types of concerts and venues, giving consideration to endurance and temperament.
  • Encourage an individual who played an instrument to try it again.
  • Compile a musical history of favorite recordings, which can be used to help in reminiscence and memory recall.

Early and middle stages—

  • Use song sheets or a karaokeplayer so the individual can sing along with old-time favorites.

Middle stage—

  • Play music or sing as the individual is walking to improve balance or gait.
  • Use background music to enhance mood.
  • Opt for relaxing music—a familiar, non-rhythmic song—to reduce sundowning, or behavior problems at nighttime.

Late stage—

  • Utilize the music collection of old favorites that you made earlier.
  • Do sing-alongs, with “When the Saints Go Marching In” or other tunes sung by rote in that person’s generation.
  • Play soothing music to provide a sense of comfort.
  • Exercise to music.
  • Do drumming or other rhythm-based activities.
  • Use facial expressions to communicate feelings when involved in these activities.

Contributed by Alicia Ann Clair, Ph.D., MT-BC, professor and director of the Division of Music Education and Music at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. “How-to” section contributed by Concetta M. Tomaino, DA, MT-BC, vice president for music therapy and director of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, Bronx, NY.

For more information, connect with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s licensed social workers. Click here or call 866.232.8484. Real People. Real Care.

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Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients

Vol VI n.68

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients? I’m helping my dad take care of my 80-year-old mother, who has mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and thought it might be something worth trying. How do we proceed?-Unmusical Mary

Dear Mary,
Music has amazing power, especially for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that listening to familiar music can significantly improve mood and alertness, reduce agitation and can help with a number of behavioral issues that are common in the middle stages of the disease. Even in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood.

Sitting and listening to music together can also provide a way for you and your dad to connect and bond with your mom, even after she stops recognizing your names and faces. Here are a few tips to help you create a music therapy program for your mom.

Create a Playlist
Your first step is to identify the music that’s familiar and enjoyable to your mom. Does she like jazz, classical or Frank Sinatra? What songs make her want to get up and dance? Then go back to the era when she was a teenager through her early 20’s. Research shows that music during this time period seems to get the best response and triggers the most memories.

If you need some help creating a playlist, the Institute for Music and Neurologic Functionprovides a suggested list of top songs by era and genre on its website.
The website will also tailor a radio station to match your mom’s musical taste when you select an artist, song or genre. And offers a free guide to creating a personalized playlist. You can also get help from a music therapist. The American Music Therapy Associationoffers a national directory of more than 6,000 therapists to help you find someone in your area.
To keep things fresh, it’s best to create a diverse playlist of numerous artists, with no more than five to 10 songs per artist. It’s also important to keep tweaking their playlist. Every week or so, ask your mom which songs she likes and which ones are just so-so. Remove the so-so ones, and build on the successful ones so you end up with 100 or 200 songs that all resonate.

Music Delivery
There are a number of ways you can deliver your mom’s favorite music: a digital listening device, CD player, a computer or tablet or even an old record player. If you don’t have any music and are on a tight budget, check with your local public library. It may have CD selections you can check out. Digital listening devices like an iPod or MP3 player are the most convenient and widely used options among music therapists for delivering music, because they’re easy to add and remove songs from.

The $49 Apple iPod Shuffle, $40 SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 Player that requires headphones and the $60 Peabod SweetPea3 MP3 Player which has an external speaker, are three excellent devices that are extremely simple to use and very affordable.
Another option to consider for listening to music together is through an Internet radio service like and These services will let you create a customized playlist (for free or a small monthly subscription fee) that your mom and you can listen to via computer, mobile device, home entertainment system, or a home Internet radio like the $180 Logitech UE Smart Radio, which is a great alternative that’s simple to use and compatible with most online radio services.
Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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Vol VI n.67
Il progetto è rivolto a persone affette da demenza di grado lieve-moderato con disturbi del comportamento.Schermata 2013-12-23 a 15.50.40
L’obiettivo è quello di contrastare i disturbi dei pazienti, in particolare il decadimento cognitivo, i disturbi psichici e comportamentali.  Il punto di partenza del progetto Memo-film è di coniugare scienza ed arte attraverso tecniche già utilizzate nel trattamento della demenza, tramite le mediazione di un filmato realizzato da registi che mettono a disposizione del paziente la propria sensibilità artistica di operatori video.
Il progetto vede il contributo fondamentale dei familiari della persona anziana, degli operatori sanitari ed assistenziali, traendo origine dal vissuto sensoriale, percettivo ed affettivo dell’anziano affetto da  demenza, traducendosi in un filmato di 15-20 minuti da sottoporre quotidianamente. L’intento è di produrre stimoli positivi ed utili sul piano
cognitivo ed emotivo.
Il  gruppo di lavoro   (doc  53.00 Kb) è composto da professionisti di ambito socio-sanitario e artistico: medici, psicologi, infermieri professionisti, terapisti della riabilitazione, operatori audio-video, registi.

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