Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Daily Muse: More Parkinson's Groups Using Music Therapy

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There is a great Parkinson's choir in Tallahassee run by one of my music therapy colleagues. The choir is a wonderful benefit to people with this disease and I think current research is starting to support the anecdotal reports of success. The story out of Chicago is similar in that music is being used to help Parkinson's patients improve rhythm of speech and vocal strength. They are also using drama therapy as part of a holistic creative arts therapy program to work with their patients. It is very nice to see this kind of therapy spreading around the nation. You can find the story here. The YouTube video is also included at the end of the story. Great work Chicago!

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