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13 Jan 14 19:55

As a student occupational therapist , I am learning the impact occupation can have on health. I think this video is a great example of how tuning in to the person can influence their well-being. As the population gets older, health care and technology are also leading to longer lives. It is important that as well as managing the day to day experience of old age - we find ways of making it meaningful and respecting the wisdom of age with love and compassion.

Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era

Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era

Category: Funding longer lives: Long-term care


Rashunda Tramble - 15 Jan 2014, 8:27 a.m.

We know about the power of music, but to actually *see* Henry come alive, to bounce and *put together coherent sentences* (!!!!) when discussing the types of music he likes is simply breathtaking. I think it also reminds us that the main keys to connecting with anyone of any age are time, patience and love. It was clear to me that the caretaker clearly loves her job and the people she cares for. Thanks for posting this Sam.

Jennifer Rodney - 15 Jan 2014, 11:08 a.m.

I think you nailed it Rashunda - time, patience and love are absolutely essential.

I experienced this first hand with my grandmother.

She lived with my parents who loved her dearly but they were also taking care of my nephew on top of my mother running the household and my father working multiple sales jobs. Time is something they were short on.

I'd hear from them that they were worried about my grandmother's mental and physical health, that they saw a decline. But when ever I was spending time with her while I was home visiting, she always seemed to be as vibrant as ever.

I'm not sure, but I suspect the difference was that I - who was home on vacation - could take the time to meet her where she was. I could wait patiently while she gathered her thoughts and I could focus on HER without being distracted by a pressing list of other responsibilities.

So I don't write this comment as a criticism of my parents' care. I was lucky enough to spend time with my grandmother when I had plenty of time. If I was caring for her on top of other responsibilities, I doubt I could have done any better than my folks.

Caring for the elderly DOES take a lot of time, patience and love. I think about my grandmother, who was relatively easy to care for - she was mobile and easy going with relatively few health issues - and my parents - who had the means to keep her living in a home with people she loved through the last years of her life - and my heart goes out to all the families who are less fortunate.

Especially in the face of elder care costs set against economic difficulties, I hate to think of how many older people are NOT receiving the time, patience and love that they not only deserve, but that would increase their quality of life....

On a more positive note - let's hear it for technology! The example of music therapy that Sam has posted about seems like a wonderful option that should be easily accessible for most people thanks to the likes of iTunes, MP3 players, etc.

Frank Calberg - 3 Feb 2014, 9:06 a.m.

Interesting posting. Thanks. Research by Frank Russo shows that music therapy can help Parkinson's patients walk and people with Alzheimer’s remember.

Frank Calberg - 3 Feb 2014, 9:09 a.m.

A review of 23 studies covering almost 1,500 patients found that listening to music reduced heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety in heart disease patients.

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