Tune in today and join The Dementia Whisperer, Laura Wayman, her esteemed co-host, Scott Cluthe, and our guest this week, Aileen Kelley.
Aileen Kelley holds a Masters Degree in Music, and taught music at American River College for 18 years. In 2004 she certified as a Music Practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program, and she now teaches nationwide for that organization.
Aileen has been active as a harpist and teacher in the Sacramento Valley for
over 30 years. She is one of the founding members of Music Partners in Healthcare, and currently serves as President of the Board. As a Certified Music Practitioner, she provides live therapeutic music at bedsides of patients in hospitals and in care facilities and currently coordinates a therapeutic music program at Kaiser Medical Center in Roseville.
Music Partners in Healthcare (MPIH) is a Sacramento based non-profit that partners with local healthcare facilities, providing live therapeutic music at bedside to create an environment of dignity and comfort for patients. MPIH has recently (2016) started up seven new memory care programs at local facilities, where Certified Music Practitioners provide live music sessions, one-on-one for the residents. Live music, provided by musicians professionally trained for this purpose, can meet the changing needs of a patient, ease physical and mental suffering, create a sense of community and opportunity for socialization, and reconnect individuals with past memories. Practitioners are also trained in the appropriate use of music for acute illness and end of life, and are able to provide that service to memory care patients, as needed.
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