Our Spring Arbor Senior Living communities recently expanded their musical programming across all communities throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland – and the Hearts & Harmony program was born.
Hearts & Harmony is a music program that includes both individualized and group approaches to all of the benefits of music. Residents at each Spring Arbor community can enjoy customized playlists for the times they wish to enjoy music on their own, or they can employ the power and energy of hand drums, bells, assigning and more in lively group sessions. Group sessions may also involve dancing or other types of movement.
Many of the group musical session are led by professional music therapists, while other are initiated by community Activity and Wellness Coordinators, Cottage Care Coordinators and other team members and volunteers.
Music is a near-universal language and has so many benefits for seniors and those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia. According to A Place for Mom, “Music that has a personal significance to someone or is connected with historical events is a strong stimulus to engage responses in people, even in late stages of dementia. Even if they’re not necessarily able to tell you what the song is, they are able to be moved and feel the associations.” Music is one of the only activities that activates, stimulates and uses the entire brain.
The Hearts & Harmony program for our senior living communities specifically helps promote wellness, stress and pain management, memory enhancement and provides unique opportunities for communication and interaction. And it’s fun, too!
We believe it’s how you live that matters and to improve the world and how people live by creating meaningful experiences and places of great distinction. Investing in programs to enhance the lives of residents in our communities is very important to us. We’ve already seen great improvements at each of our Spring Arbor communities and look forward to hearing more stories from our residents about their experiences with our new Hearts & Harmony program!