AGED CARE MUSIC THERAPY
The Magic of Drumming
The development of Drumming Circles in aged care is a new phenomenon that is rapidly gaining momentum in forward thinking organizations worldwide. Sound Synergy has been at the forefront of this movement in Australia have held over 400 sessions within the aged care industry. The sessions provide some major health benefits as well as providing an opportunity for fun, social interaction, improving the lives of all who participate.
Aged Care facilities have reported seeing higher energy levels and a boost in morale since drumming became part of their routine.
Drumming provides a welcome diversion, inspires creativity and helps long term care residents bond together. It brings an immediate reduction in feelings of loneliness and isolation. The physical exercise is also extremely beneficial, especially to the upper body. Drums can be strapped to wheelchairs and there are numerous percussion instruments that are suited to virtually anyone who wants to join in the rhythm.
In each and every occasion we always achieve a magical rhythmical experience. Everyone adds their own contribution, no matter how small it may be, how out of time, how loud, how soft or how vocal......they are partaking!!
Benefits of a Sound Synergy Drumming Session at your facility
Socialisation with family,friends and community
Promotes Creative Expression
Builds Self Esteem
Improves Listening and Concentration Skills
Stimulates Peer Relationships
Co-Operation in Groups
Transcends Competition Between Peers
Releases Stored Tension/Stress Reliever
Reduces Patterns of Anxiety and Depression
Playing different instruments
Experience Joy & Enjoyment
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Barbara Chambers - Care Manager
Byron Shire Respite Service
I first read about the program Gareth offered on the net whilst surfing for appropriate activities for our clients with dementia and challenging behaviors.
I was unsure whether drumming was suitable for the clients, but thought that it was worth a try.
The client's energy levels rose and it was evident by the excitement within the group that this was a very worthwhile experience. It was wonderful to see them dancing and following the rhythm of the beat.
Our service also had a combined party for the carers and clients and the carers found the drumming very therapeutic. It seemed they were using the drumming as a stress release.
After the party one carer told me it was the best time she had experienced in four years!”