Music Therapy at Harbor Cove
Cassidy Y., a junior at Port Washtington High School, joined the Scouts in kindergarten as a Daisy Scout. She is now entering her 12th year as a Girl Scout and has completed her Gold Award project.
"I have a love for senior citizens," said Cassidy. "I wanted to work on a project that would bring joy to their daily lives."
She initially thought of a computer program, but realized that the idea might be better suited for future generations. After research and discussions with mentors, her iPod music program began to take form. Cassidy chose to start her project at Harbor Cove, the memory care community at Harbor Campus, and Val Smallish, Lifestyle Enrichment Specialist, as her project advisor.
"Music has touched everyone at some point in their life," she said. "Those with Alzheimer's and dementia who use music therapy have increased positive emotions, increased relaxation, reduced tension and anxiety, and have improved interest levels."
She set up a detailed timeline and created an outline for her project: everything from researching which headphones would work best for residents in memory care, to fundraising by hosting an Outdoor Adventure Badge fundraiser for younger Girl Scout Troops at Camp Evelyn, to interviewing residents about their music interests.
"Through girl scout cookie sales, the Camp fundraiser, and donations, I was able to put together a set of headphones, an iPod, and a playlist for each resident at Harbor Cove," she said. Cassidy is working closely with Val to generate a program thtat will help the care team maximize the benefits of her music program.
"She is doing a fabulous job," said Val. "The residents enjoy their music therapy and we are so thankful for Cassidy!"
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