Caregivers, health care professionals and community members who work with older adults can learn about the benefits of music-based programming through a workshop presented by the Great American Songbook Foundation.
The 2019 Perfect Harmony Fall Training Workshop, sponsored by Applegate Elder Law, is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Foundation’s home, the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
Perfect Harmony, developed by the Foundation, is a group music program for older adults living with dementia. Endorsed by the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Perfect Harmony offers a unique opportunity for social and musical engagement and promotes holistic well-being through music by offering a wide range of musical activities, from group singing to instrument play to open discussion of experiences related to memorable songs. Perfect Harmony consults with a board-certified music therapist in an effort to provide the most effective non-clinical use of music.
The annual fall training workshop was developed to empower caregivers to learn about the power of music, connect with other professionals in the elder-care community and master simple techniques and musical activities that can be incorporated into the daily care of loved ones or residents in their community. Presenter Allegra Sorley, a board-certified music therapist and musician-in-residence at Woodland Terrace of Carmel, will return as a guest presenter, along with other experts from the elder-care community.
Pre-registration is required. Tickets are available through the Center for the Performing Arts at TheSongbook.org/phfallworkshop19.The $20 registration fee includes lunch and supplementary materials provided by the Foundation. For more, contact Renée La Schiazza, manager of programs and communications, at 317-844-5832 or rlaschiazza@TheSongbook.org.