“Creating and performing original songs improves quality of life and enables institutionalized elders to remain vibrant and creative.”Dr. Theresa Allison, M.D., M.Music, speaking on the findings of her study of SW programs
SW’s research-proven method is based upon the understanding that all people are born with musical ability and intelligence. Making original music activates social, neural and physical capacities, reduces depression and expands well-being and joy!
In 2007, Dr. Theresa Allison, M.D., M.Music studied the impact of Songwriting Works™ participation for elders residing in a skilled continuing care community serving 420 older adults. Dr. Allison followed forty elders, average age 87, over the course of nine months in SW’s Signature Songwriting and its Psalms, Songs & Stories™ (sacred music) programs.
“Songwriting in the nursing home is not a mere activity—it is an opportunity for intellectual, artistic, relational and spiritual growth. As such, it fosters a real sense of neighborhood and transcends the artificiality of the institutional life.”Dr. Theresa Allison, M.D., M.Music, speaking on the findings of her study of SW programs
Excerpt from Book chapter 18, Songwriting and transcending institutional boundaries in the nursing home in Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology, Ben Koen, ed. (pp. 240-243). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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