Guest Post: The Road to Recovery with Music

Guest Post: The Road to Recovery with Music

We all go through trying times in our lives, and when things seem most dark, all humans seem to find light in the same places. One of these places is in music. No matter what you’re struggling with, no matter what ails you in the course of your life, you’ve likely had...

Before you share your music

This is an expanded version of a guest post I shared on NursingHomeVolunteer.com.  _____________ You’ve seen the press and videos touting the power of music. Cool! Research and anecdotal evidence are demonstrating benefits from involvement in music. You happen to be a...
10 Ways to Kick Stress In The Butt

10 Ways to Kick Stress In The Butt

When we are stressed, it’s quite easy to develop negative thinking patterns because we become frustrated by our challenges and frequent feelings of being overwhelmed. This negative outlook then makes it even harder for us to manage those challenges and move forward...
What next?!

What next?!

What next? Now what? During a hospitalization of my husband  (including a stint in ICU) and the delay in his chemo, my personal schedule went out the window. I was left asking “What next?” Looking for Answers I’ve learned to look for answers, for...
What’s love got to do with caregiving?

What’s love got to do with caregiving?

Let’s address the role of love in caregiving. I can hear those of you who are professional caregivers saying to yourselves “This has no place. I am to keep these relationships professional.” Let’s stop a moment and look at “love”.    Love is… It is a...
Musician or not, you can connect through music

Musician or not, you can connect through music

One of my biggest joys as a music therapist is supporting others (musician or not) in connecting through music. This is especially true for those caring for those living with dementia. What if I told you all you needed to start was a book that comes with a CD and 5...
Finding the Light of Caregiving

Finding the Light of Caregiving

The light of caregiving seems a natural progression from our last post highlighting the gifts of caregiving. To survive our roles, it is important we take time for ourselves and keep up a positive perspective. This positive perspective, this light is our focus. What...
4 Gifts of Caregiving

4 Gifts of Caregiving

Many address the challenges of caregiving but say little about the benefits of being a caregiver. Fact is, when we take time for ourselves, there are several benefits or gifts we receive as caregivers. Here are four of them: Gift of relationship Whether we are a...