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This 30 minute exercise DVD has gentle exercises and stretches combined with a senior sing along to favorite nostalgic tunes. This engaging video can often turn the agitated or depressed mood of someone with dementia into calm moments of relaxation and enjoyment. Music Therapy and Dementia has been formally studied since the early 1950’s but only recently have those studies been focused on activities for the elderly. This DVD combines the best of Music Therapy with easy exercises to engage the person in a focused social environment.
Music Therapy and Dementia has been formally studied since the early 1950’s but only recently have studies focused on activities for the elderly. This DVD combines the best of Music Therapy with easy exercises to engage the person in a focused social environment. A session with Nancy Turco can often turn the agitated or depressed mood of someone with dementia into calm moments of relaxation and enjoyment.
The Senior Exercise and Harmonize DVDs involve stretches and gentle exercises all performed while sitting in a chair. There is no need for special equipment, just a chair to sit in. Aerobic chair exercise is a safe and effective intervention for frailer older people. The exercises will help increase strength, power, flexibility and balance, and decrease depression, fatigue and falls. These DVDs are great for persons suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, Parkinson’s, TMI (Transient Ischemic Attack), strokes and any chronic condition that prevents someone from being active. Reminiscing old favorite songs while exercising helps to focus the participant’s attention on enjoyment rather than repetitious exercises. It’s great recreational therapy for seniors.
Nancy Turco is a Certified Activity Director. She holds a Texas Basic Certification in gerontology, issued by the Texas Gerontological Consortium, and has completed classroom studies and practical training on Physical Health & Aging, Social Environment & Aging, and Mental Health & Aging. In 2008 she presented “Motivating Through Music” at the Tesas Healthhcare Association’s 2008 Annual Activity Professionals’ Conference in San Antonio, Texas. She has had training in Naomi Fell’s Validation Therapy. She is a Professional Member of the Nashville Sonwriters’ Association International (NSAI), CASACA (an Activity Coordinators’ Association in Austin, Texas), and a successful graduate of the Dale Carnegie Training. She continues to attend Alzheimer’s, Memory and Dementia Seminars through INR. Nancy has been working with the elderly for eighteen years, motivating through Music Therapy, Reminiscing and Sing-Alongs at healthcare and assisted living facilities in the Austin area. She is currently a Program Services Coordinator at an Alzheimer’s Facility in Austin, and is a vacilitator of a monthly Caregiver’s Support Group.