Healing with Music
“Music has power” says the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, “especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.” Music can stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function and shift mood. Carrie works with her patients in their homes and residences in one-on-one sessions. Singing and playing guitar, she achieves compelling results at the time of the session, creating lasting memories of the session with the patients. Carrie involves her patients in singing along and playing percussion instruments to further engage them in the experience.
The songs performed can be customized so that the unique musical memories of the patient will be touched on in the session. Recently through Jewish Family Services, Carrie has been providing this service to Jewish families in Nashville and was included working with an Alzheimer’s patient in a film project by JFS titled “Helping Hands.”
“One of the very few things that truly animates and engages my mother. This program is so stimulating for her that I wish Carrie could come every day just so that I could see my mother's face light up and see her smile with pure happiness. This program is truly a blessing for both of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you."