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Beyond the Music: The Power of Music with People Who Are Living with Dementia & Other Age-Related Conditions

This program documents the power of music to transcend the challenges of dementia as it shows non-responsive, non-verbal residents suddenly smiling, singing, moving, and interacting with others when engaged through music. These before-and-after glimpses of residents “reconnecting” encourage the use of music therapy as a method to boost quality of life for residents.

The DVD also touches on the concept of neuroplasticity, which describes the ability of the brain to change its own structure and function through thought and activity, as well as, the palliative effect of music.

Based on the work of registered music therapist, Alkeiya Brown, who has extensive experience working in the arts with all ages from the very young to very old. Chaptered into two parts for easy access to specific clips of interest.

Terra Nova Films, Inc.
Terra Nova Films, Inc.
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45 mins.
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The Resource Center is a membership library that serves a variety of health professionals, researchers, educators and individuals involved in geriatrics and gerontology research.


The OGEC Resource Center is part of the Oregon Geriatric Education Center (OGEC). OGEC is a collaboration between Portland State University's Institute on Aging, Oregon Health & Science University, and Oregon State University.

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