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Older Adults

At Music Speaks, we see the person behind the disease and work to bring the abilities and life of that person to the surface.

Someone masked by the symptoms of dementia may not be able to communicate as she once did in the past, but through the stimulation of music therapy and the direction of a trained therapist, she might be able to sing remembered songs and begin to speak a few statements.  This observation is common and a privilege of a music therapist.

A music therapist’s goal when working with older adults may be:

  • Increasing movement and circulation
  • Memory recall
  • Cognitive stimulation or exercises
  • Increase appropriate verbal communication
  • Decrease pain perception
  • Mood elevation
  • Increase social interaction
  • Outlet for expression
  • Reorientation
  • Increase relaxation

Board certified music therapists are trained to use live music to adapt to changing situations in both 1:1 and group sessions.  Goals may vary from time to time, based on needs, and responses to interventions are thoroughly documented.

Sessions can take place in a private home, nursing home, assisted living, or wherever you call home.  Our therapists come to you.

Call Music Speaks (563) 249-5781 for more information about the advantages of using music therapy with a dementia diagnosis of any stage or music therapy for normal aging.



Adults of all ages can benefit from music therapy services.  Our therapists use music therapy techniques in order that our clients would experience success outside of therapy with skills learned or relearned in the sessions.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Stroke:

Using researched-based interventions, music therapy can assist with speech production, improving physical strength and flexibility, or improving cognitive processing.  Music therapists may additionally pursue training in Neurologic Music Therapy. This certification educates therapists on the neuroscience of rhythm; how rhythm primes our brain and body to move and speak.  While staying within boundaries of our profession, we typically work alongside or with direction from physical therapists, occupational therapists or speech therapists.

Hospital Setting:

Music therapy has long been known to aid in pain relief and relaxation.  In a hospital environment, where stress and pain run high, music therapy can be provide much-needed support and relief.

Mental & Behavioral Health

Music therapy uses non-invasive interventions to enhance coping skills, expression, and overall self-esteem and success in clients.

Common goal areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Enhancing problem-solving skills
  • Identifying and improving appropriate communication skills
  • Achieving self-awareness
  • Gaining control over impulsive thoughts and actions
  • Accepting responsibility for feelings
  • Developing relaxation techniques
  • Creating productive leisure skills

Contact Music Speaks (563) 249-5781 to learn how music therapy can help you, your loved-one or your clients.