SING, DANCE, REMINISCE

Organization Associated with Program
The Music and Motion Company
220 Rollingwood Rd.
Eliot, Maine 03903

The purpose of the Music and Motion Company’s Sing, Dance, Reminisce interactive music programs is to improve the quality of life for residents in long-term care, assisted living, and adult day facilities. The programs engage older adults in sing-alongs, dancing (seated or standing), musical games, and history/trivia discussions and are offered as a weekly ensemble or performance production.

The Music and Motion Company also has music activity programs for people living with neurocognitive disorders including memory loss. The programs have an individual focus that is designed to reinforce self-esteem, improve mental wellbeing, and allow participants to have fun with sing-alongs, low intensity movements to music, and reminiscence through music, musical games, and instruments. All programs are led by a professionally trained teaching artist.

The Music and Motion Company offers training to healthcare professionals on how to develop and conduct their own music programs for those they serve. In addition, the organization’s Music Activity Book & CD sets empower teaching artists, care professionals, and activities directors with prepackaged and tested programs in a user-friendly format that includes music, song lyrics, dance movements, and more that can be adapted for use within aging services settings.

 

Program History

Susan Reid, Founder and Director of Music and Motion, has been conducting interactive music programs with an emphasis on resident participation and resident performances since 1998. Ms. Reid is a professional artist who holds a BS degree in Music with Opera Training from the Mannes College of Music, New York City, with outside vocal and music therapy training. Her programs have served people of all function levels in long-term care and adult day facilities in multiple states including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York. After continuing study of the positive impact on the health and wellbeing of participants involved in interactive and participatory arts programming, Ms. Reid is committed to developing new programs that will continue to improve the quality of life for older adults.

Program Assessments and Evaluations

Programs are evaluated on an ongoing basis by staff and related partner organizations through the use of informal interviews, attendance numbers, and observations.

Advice for Other Organizations Conducting Similar Programs

Listen and learn from the population with whom you are conducting the program. Create an environment where they have a sense of control over their lives by offering choices and participation.

Kinds of creative engagement/ program focus Creation of Original Work, Presenting a Performance, Attending a Performance, Participate in a Class, Participate in an Ensemble
Arts Discipline: Dance, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Theater
Target Audience: Caregivers - Family, Caregivers - Professional, Frail Older Adults, People with Alzheimer's Disease / Dementia
Adaptive Program Design Hearing Disabilities, Visual Disabilities, Mobility Disabilities, Cognitive Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Psychiatric Disabilities
Program Setting: Adult Day Care, Assisted Living, Healthcare - Long Term Care, Healthcare - Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
Program Service Area: Rural, Suburban, Urban
Type of Practice: Promising Practices