Music For Health
Music is a great contributor for improving overall quality of life. Just listening to music provides great benefits for engagement, socialization, brain fitness and memory care. Now introduce the Beamz and provide opportunities for seniors to interact with music, to make great sounding music and to combine the music making with movement. The benefits for overall well being and accelerating therapeutic outcomes are extraordinary given that the brain processes music using both hemispheres – and decades of medical research have confirmed that consistent, long-term participation in cognitive stimulation is associated with a significant reduced risk of dementia by more than 60 percent.
Beamz enables anyone of any age, ability or skill to experience making great sounding music. It’s simple to setup and to use – and doesn’t require the activities leader or care provider to have experience using traditional music instruments.
Activities For A Variety Of Senior Care Settings
Use Beamz For Individual & Group Activities
- Senior Centers
- Retirement & Active Living Communities
- Assisted Living & Personal Care Communities
- Memory Care Communities
- Progressive/Continuum Care Communities
- Adult Day Programs
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Rehabilitation Facilities
- Home Care Therapy Services
Multi-Faceted Solution For Broad Professional Use
- Memory Care
- Brain Fitness
- Music Therapy & Music Activities
- Recreation Therapy
- Occupational/Physical Therapy
- Social Activities
What’s Included – Beamz Professional Edition
- Beamz Laser Controller
- Beamz Cross-Platform Player Software for Windows, Mac or iOS
- 50 songs featuring a broad representation of music styles, genres and instruments
- Activity Guide with sample activities for educators, therapists and professionals
- Beamz Studio Software for editing and creating Beamz interactive songs (PC software)
References & Evidence-based research
The New England Journal of Medicine
Leisure activities and the risk of dementia in the elderly (2003)
Summary/Conclusion: Participation in cognitive activities was associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and mixed dementia. The study included subjects between ages 75 and 85 with no diagnosis of dementia; subjects who frequently participated in cognitively stimulating activities had a risk of dementia 63 percent lower than among subjects who participated less frequently. Lower levels of participation were also associated with higher levels of depression. Clinical and neuropsychological evaluations were conducted at baseline, with follow-up visits every 12 to 18 months; playing music was among the cognitive activities.
Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Participation in novelty-seeking leisure activities and Alzheimer’s disease (2005)
Summary/Conclusion: Greater participation in novelty-seeking and exchange of ideas activities across the life span was associated with decreased odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The study included subjects between the ages of 20 and 60 years. Novelty-seeking activities included getting new experiences, including interaction with music.
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)
Education and Care; Recreational Activities; Music
Summary/Conclusion: Music has power – and can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease. When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements. Unfamiliar music can also be beneficial because it carries no memories or emotions; this may be the best choice when developing new responses.