Music therapist finds companionship and aid from service dog

Melanie Knecht has been in a wheelchair most of her life. She always wanted a service dog. Thanks to Baylor Scott & White and Canine Companions for Independence, she’s got one. The organizations’ collaboration is believed to be the first in the U.S. between an assistance dog organization and a health care system. Assistance dogs help … Continue reading Music therapist finds companionship and aid from service dog

“Memories are made of this” – Music therapy helps family members with dementia

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” Billy Joel Grandma walked into the living room and asked what day it was. She sat down, looked up, and asked what day it was. She … Continue reading “Memories are made of this” – Music therapy helps family members with dementia

iPod music therapy helps people with dementia recover identity (temporarily)

When words leave off, music begins. ~ Heinrich Heine Most of us have family members or friends who’ve experienced dementia — a progressive, degenerative brain disorder affecting memory and other cognitive functions such that it disrupts the ability to function in daily life. It’s a cruel disorder. You watch your grandmother or your neighbor or … Continue reading iPod music therapy helps people with dementia recover identity (temporarily)