“The power of music- to-mind improvements in memory, pleasure, alertness inspired our recent expansion of The Greens intensive music programs. Winning the Best Practice award from the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) recognizes this and adds great pride”.
Announced Ron Bucci, The Greens at Cannondale’s Senior Executive Director.
The Greens resident and Bell Ringers choirsencourage performance. Our musical staff team is a talented group of teacher/performers:a Musical Specialist who plays piano, guitar and ukulele and presents listening/learning sessions; amusician/instructor who directs sing-alongs and music lessons and a master music therapist whose experience succeeds in restoring memory and lessening anxiety.
A full schedule of concerts by top performers has been a Greens tradition, with classical, pop, jazz, sacred, country, ethnic, showtunes featured. Music at mealtime, piano and voice lessons, films and discussions about musical history and the lives of composers fill the calendar.
The entertainment and relaxation/stimulation aspects of a well-planned musical environment is a daily enrichment of life, but the benefits go deeper with our Music Therapy activities for residents of the Evergreen program for those with varying levels of mental and emotional impairment. RafelSgammato,the five-degree founder of“Nostalgic Notes Music Therapy” brings a background of training in techniques that can bring speech to the previously silent and calm fear and confusion. “ I use musical interventions to accomplish individualized goals. These include rhythm exercisescombined with paired words to help slow the regression of speech and language skills.”
These personal experiences for residents have been visibly enhancing socialization and reducing feelings of loneliness. The innovative ways that The Greens has been creating an environment of music includes original techniquesthat are increasing mobility, calming agitation and actually replacing silence with song.