#ElderCareChat 10/19/16: The Power of Soft Therapies

shutterstock_431933122This week, 32 participants engaged in an inspiring conversation about the power of “soft” therapies (art, music, laughter, reminiscence, storytelling, and more). From connecting caregivers and seniors to producing joy, the benefits of such therapeutic interventions are undeniable.

We were pleased to welcome Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC, as our guest expert for this discussion. Rachelle is the founder of Soundscaping Source, where her mission is to bring meaningful music experiences to older adults and their caregivers, all the way to the end of life. Rachelle has been in clinical practice as a music therapist since 2004, and she maintains a private practice in Kansas City, where her team serves older adults in senior living and hospice. Rachelle is on the faculty of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, is a frequent presenter at regional and national music therapy conferences, and is in demand as a speaker, consultant, and staff trainer on topics related to music and eldercare. Check out her site, SoundscapingSource.com, to find a ton of great resources on music with older adults.

Discussion questions are embedded in this Storify presentation, featuring the tweets of our guest expert. The transcript link is found below the visual recap:

Review the wealth of resources, insights and ideas shared in the full chat transcript. Analytics—the who’s who of attendees and how many tweets went out during the live hour—are available too: See the stats.

We offer a “landing page” on our blog with information about the upcoming chat, including proposed discussion questions. Refer to this page for the latest.

Next chat: We meet bi-monthly, so our next chat is Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 1pm ET. If you are interested in serving as a guest expert for a future chat, please reach out to Michelle Seitzer via the @OurParents Twitter handle for further details.

Please note: We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join our chat, anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.

Connect with us: If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to continue previous discussions, connect with those who share similar interests, or talk about the services that you (or the company you represent) have to offer.

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