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Category Archives: Music Therapy

Learn More About Alzheimer’s During June, Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s was diagnosed over 100 years ago in 1906 by its namesake, Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German clinical psychiatrist and neuroanatomist. He discovered the disease during an autopsy of a former patient who had experienced acute memory loss, erratic behavior and language issues for several years prior to her death. During the postmortem exam, he noticed abnormal clumps in his…

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January is Music Therapy Advocacy Month!

January is Music Therapy Advocacy month and VNA Board Certified Neurologic Music Therapist Lauren Meeks couldn’t be happier. “Having an official music therapy month gives music therapists a chance to spotlight ourselves and educate the world about who we are and what we do with such a unique focus,” she says. But what exactly is music therapy? Simply put, it’s…

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A Happy Duet

D.J. & HARRY (& TONY & ROSE) They’re an unlikely duo, a young 23-year-old woman from a small town in North Carolina and an 84-year-old man from a rural village in India. But when D.J. Poplin began visiting Harishchandra “Harry” Mehta as part of her VNA Music Therapy internship, she found they had something in common – love for a…

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VNA’s Music Therapy program turns 5!

Guest blogger: Mabel Ortiz, Music Therapist Birthdays are special, and an occasion to celebrate! The VNA Music Therapy program is celebrating 5 years and we’d like to commemorate this landmark with you by reflecting on the milestones we’ve achieved along the way. July 2014 Music therapy program proposal was submitted by music therapist Moreen Burkart, MT-BC to the Visiting Nurse…

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Love Notes and Music Therapy

Guest Post by Mabel Ortiz, VNA Music Therapist. At the end of almost every music therapy visit I complete with a patient or family, I finish saying goodbye with “it’s been an honor,” or “it has been my pleasure to be here,” which I wholeheartedly believe to be true. Since 2016, I have had the privilege to serve many as…

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