A Therapeutic Musical Connection

A group of seniors and children enjoying a musical performance in a living room setting, with bubbles floating in the air.

THE INTERGENERATIONAL MUSIC PROGRAM IS NOW RUNNING AT SEVEN ROYAL FREEMASONS RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES. IT IS ALSO DUE TO BE SET UP AT OUR NEW FACILITY, FOOTSCRAY AGED CARE THIS YEAR.

The program, which has now been running for six years, continues to bring together residents with children and families from the local communities through music and play. Familiar children’s songs and nursery rhymes as well as a stimulating program of multi-sensory musical activities, help to encourage interactions and bridge the gap between young and old. The program is grounded in research into music therapy and intergenerational relationships and it has gained recognition throughout Melbourne and further afield over the years.

Program creator and Music Therapist, Imogen Rees, has presented papers on the program at conferences around Australia, and the program has received a Better Practice Award from the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.

Ms Rees now enjoys involving her one yearold daughter, Vivian, in sessions, and she particularly values the involvement of residents’ families and families of staff members, who are warmly encouraged to come along for a sing and a play down memory lane.

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