Washington Post highlights GMU music therapy study at Birmingham Green

Norma Felter sings “Hey Jude” with activity aide Tina Burhans-Robinson during karaoke at Birmingham Green. (Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post)

Norma Felter sings “Hey Jude” with activity aide Tina Burhans-Robinson during karaoke at Birmingham Green. (Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post)

The Washington Post recently highlighted Birmingham Green’s residents and staff, and the researchers from George Mason University who are conducting a federally subsidized study in partnership with Birmingham Green.  The study is examining the impact of the arts and music therapy on the emotional and cognitive health of older adults.

The December 27, 2014 article by Fred Kunkle is entitled “Can Alzheimer’s be treated with the arts? Researchers aim to determine the answer.”  It cited Holly C. Matto, a professor of social work at GMU who said people with cognitive impairment often feel overwhelmed by their inability to process and integrate information from their surroundings. Using the arts, particularly nonverbal arts such as painting and music, can help restore a sense of organizing their world.  “Those nonverbal ways of communicating are not impaired,” she said.

Congratulations to the Birmingham Green activities staff both mentioned in this article and others elsewhere on our campus who talk, play, dance, sing, and listen with our residents every day.  Also to our professional and community relations staff who have been nurturing our professional and academic partnerships with many highly regarded regional centers of higher education.

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