We have answered some common question that have been asked by us as we rolled out the demo. Available in 2020.
Where does the music come from?
You can listen to music from the services you subscribe to or from public sites like You Tube. We suggest services like Spotify which will allow you to listen to songs, commercial free and not a shorten free clip.
How can you use this app with a Music Therapist?
The Music Therapist can set up your song profile thru various therapy sessions. Since the Playlist is stored in the cloud, new users would simply enter the Name, Sequence# and Password on registration and the playlist will be made available for the patient to listen to. Any song changes or updates made by the Music Therapist would then be reflected in the app.
Why is this important to include a Music Therapy Playlist in a care directive?
Right now you know your favorite songs. You know the songs that put you in a good mood, make you want to dance or those that are calming and put you to sleep. If you get dementia or Alzheimer's there will be a time when you may not be able to communicate this information. This is why it's important to choose the songs now so that future caregivers or family members can use they wonderful therapy in its fullest potential. It's especially important for imigrant and those who have moved geoographically. Family nor a therapist may never find out you loved songs written in Italian, because that's where you were born and lived as a child.
What is different with the professional versions?
The Professional versions allow care providers and Music Therapists to carry the playlists of multiple patients in the same app. Facilities often have different attending caregivers taking care of patients. An administrator or Music therapist can share these playlist with the different attending caregivers to be used as therapy as needed. Any changes to songs will be automatically reflected in the app. One caregiver can play a calming for a patient having a bought with anxiety, while the next uses a different song hoping to cause movement while administrating physical therapy.
Do you need to use a Music Therapist to get the benefits of this app?
Only after extensive listening and observations can a personalized music strategy be created that reflect the patients preferences. It also must be realized that a play list might change as the patient progresses thru each of the seven the stages of the disease adding further complexity to relief received from music therapy. Many times therapists reach out to family members for personal history, even favorite songs they might know. It's best to use a Music Therapist with this app but not required. You may know a favorite song, songs that make your loved one dance or tap their feet, even those that help put them to sleep. Our music memory are generally songs from our teens to when we get married. So take the current year, subtract the patients age and add about 10 years. That's the starting point to the decade music that might be their favorites. Music therapy involves playing songs and looking for or oberving a change in behavior or an reaction. It's not an exact science, buy our 13 songs and our guidlines help most people to develop a relevant playlist.
What are decade CD's?
Decade CD are music CD's from the 30's, 40', 50's and 60's and include 75-100 popular songs. They can provide great entertainment at a personal residence or care facility. These Decade CD playlists have been mirrored to observation worksheets that allow 4 patients per observed and evaluated while the music is played. Observers, many times volunteers, watch for smiles, clapping, singing-along and other emotion and make notes on the sheet. These songs that stir up a positive reaction are songs that should later be played one on one with a patient to see if they have a therapeutic effect worth including. This sheets can be provided to a Music Therapist to use in conjunction with their work with a patient.
How can music therapy help a patients with Dementia or Alzheimer's ?
There are five primary behavioral responses that music therapy can offer relief from in Alzheimer's and Dementia patients and one important non-pharmacological strategy that may reduce the need of treatment medication. Those targeted responses include Social, Emotional, Cognitive, Behavioral, Physical symptoms and reducing the need for anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medicines used in helping treat the just mentioned symptoms. The app is designed to be able to include two songs/memories for each targeted symptom/response allowing caregivers to intervene with music for a variety of patient situations. Not everyone has the same pleasant memories, so you can remove any of our default memories replacing it with a new memory. Some may have had a horrible childhood and so users can change the default memory "What was your favorite childhood song?" with a new memory "What was your favorite Polka or Waltz?" Likewise, not all patients need relief from each behavior symptom, so caregivers can customize music memories to the needs and desired responses of their patients. It's been said that playing ones favorite song 5 times a week has the same therpeutic effect as taking anxiety medication, such as a tranquilizer.