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May 2013

Living Long and Well Through Music

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Sometimes seeing dramatic, positive results can happen with just the push of a button. Music may appear to be nothing more than notes, words, and rhythms … but this art form is far more than the sum of its parts.

Healing with music

In the 1700s, doctors used music to treat depression, and Florence Nightingale employed music to ease soldiers’ pain during the Crimean War. Music’s healing abilities have long been understood, as today many physicians and therapists turn to music therapy to help their patients.

Music therapy for pain management has been proven highly effective. Surprisingly, just listening to music—any style of music—on a daily basis results in a drastic decrease in pain reported by patients, especially for the older adult population.

Music therapy can also ease depression. When implementing the mood-shifting capabilities of music into a patient’s treatment and usual routine, uplifting songs can have an elevating effect on mood

A third and very interesting type of music therapy is designed to improve the movement and walking abilities of older adults, especially stroke victims.

Let’s pick up the pace!
Therapists encourage patients to make their movements to the beat, and this actually helps them to work longer, have smoother movements, move more quickly, and walk longer distances. Simply listening to music helps to further all of these great steps toward recovery and improvement for people who could otherwise be suffering.

In all cases, music therapy is an inexpensive, non-invasive, and safe form of therapy that can benefit people of all ages.

Music memory

As we all know, it can be a challenge to recall certain facts or pieces of information, but the lyrics of a song learned decades ago
can be perfectly stated at the drop of a hat.

This  recollection phenomenon is known as music memory … something that forms between the ages of 15 to 25.

It sets in motion a person’s ability to associate music or a specific song with memories of time, place, emotional state, and even a sense of identity. Where, when, and with whom an individual learned a song can stay with him or her forever!

Music memory is so powerful that some physicians have started to use it to treat Alzheimer’s disease. While it is not a cure, tapping into music memory can help alleviate some of the most devastating symptoms, including memory loss. When listening to their favorite songs, individuals  with Alzheimers have  sometimes become vocal, started to dance, and express memories that were thought to be lost forever.

Truly music’s powers are remarkable.

Turn on some tunes today

Therapeutic, relaxing, physical and fun. Music is all these things and a simple way to living well … and long.

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5 Remote Monitoring Services for Caregivers

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Senior care at home can be challenging, especially when adult children do not live nearby. Knowing how to care for an aging parent from a remote location reduces the stress for both you and your loved one. These five types of remote monitoring services can ensure the safety and well-being of an aging parent when you cannot be there yourself.

Medical Alert System Remote Monitoring Services

A medical alert system makes getting help as easy as pressing a button. There are two types of medical alert systems used in home care for seniors: monitored and unmonitored. Both consist of a device worn around the neck or wrist, or pinned to clothing. The individual presses a button that places a call to a predetermined telephone number. In monitored systems, the call goes to a live operator who can then talk with the subscriber. In an unmonitored system, the call plays a pre-recorded message to the recipient.

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The simplicity and completeness of LifeCall‘s emergency monitoring program means you will receive experienced, professional help from certified Emergency Medical Technicians when you need it. The heart of this Bosch system is the LifeCall console itself, which is designed for tabletop use and is ideal for bedside placement.

LifeCall has more than 35 years of experience in life safety and security systems. It is one of the leading providers of BOSCH in-home health care monitoring solutions for seniors and at-risk persons seeking to retain their independence and remain in their own homes.


The U.S. Postal Service keeps a watchful eye on customers registered in the Carrier Alert program. Since its introduction in 1982, Carrier Alert has helped thousands of citizens get help and, in some cases, can even saves lives.

In this program, letter carriers notify supervisors when mail accumulates in the mailbox of a Carrier Alert participant. Supervisors then attempt to contact the individual by telephone, through the registering agency, or through police intervention.

FREE Daily Check-in Phone Calls

There is no substitute for the sound of the human voice, especially for someone struggling with the social isolation associated with being homebound. CareSolver recommends Always in Touch, a free program that telephones clients on a regular basis.

Medical ID Bracelet

A medical ID bracelet speaks volumes for those who unable to communicate for themselves. If someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia wanders from home, caregivers can call a 24-hour response line to activate a community support network to locate the individual. Anyone discovering the individual may call the number on the bracelet to reunite him with his family. Medical ID jewelry is personalized with his pertinent information, such as allergies and medical conditions.

Check-In Point Person

Enlist the help of others in your elderly parent care. Ask someone to be the official check-in point person, or the “go-to guy” when things go wrong. The check-in point person should live in your loved one’s neighborhood so he can provide immediate assistance in case of emergency.

Contact LifeCall Medical Alert Systems, one of the leading providers of BOSCH in-home health care monitoring solutions for seniors and at-risk persons seeking to retain their independence and remain in their own homes.