Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MT-BC, Music Therapist Accredited, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery; Heidi Ahonen, PhD, Music Therapist Accredited, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery; Morris Freedman, MD, Lee Bartel, PhD: Good Vibrations: Sound Stimulation, Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation and Alzheimer’s Disease

Abstract:

Contemporary science offers new perspectives for using sound stimulation in working with persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (AD). High ultrasound frequencies have been a part of modern healthcare for many years but only recently are low sound frequencies being implemented in western medical science.. This presentation provides background information on the use of sound stimulation with AD alongside an outline of the concept of rhythmic sensory stimulation (RSS). An RSS pilot study which is looking at persons with AD at three stages will be presented with an overview of the methodology, data collection and analysis, preliminary results and case examples.

Learner Objectives:

  1.  To review the literature on Sound Stimulation for AD
  2. To learn about Sound and Music as Rhythmic Stimulation of the Auditory or Somato-Sensory System
  3. To learn about Sound and Music as the User of Cognitive Processing Channels.
  4. To learn about the Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation and AD Pilot Study
  5. To understand the importance of sound stimulation in working with persons diagnosed with AD.

About the Presenters:

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MT-BC, Music Therapist Accredited, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, is Assistant Professor, Music and Health Research Collaboratory, University of Toronto; music therapy instructor and graduate supervisor at Wilfrid Laurier University; Senior Music Therapist/Practice Advisor, Baycrest, Toronto; President WFMT, Past-President CAMT; and Managing Editor, Music and Medicine Journal.

Heidi Ahonen, PhD, Music Therapist Accredited, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, Director of the Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research; Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Morris Freedman, MD, Head, Division of Neurology, Executive Medical Director of the Centre for Memory and Neurotherapeutics, and Medical Director, Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic, Baycrest; Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Lee Bartel, PhD, Professor of Music, Associate Dean-Research, Acting Director of Music and Health Research Collaboratory, University of Toronto.

 

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