Incorporating Music into Caregiving
Incorporating Music into Caregiving with Alexis Baker, MT-BC, Founder of Bridgetown Music Therapy
Music has the power to evoke emotions and memories. It can be used to improve our mood, reduce anxiety, and enhance communication. As we care for our loved ones, we are always in search of tools and resources that foster meaningful connections.
Today, my guest is Alexis Baker. Alexis is the founder, owner, and board-certified music therapist for Bridgetown Music Therapy. She has a profound love for music, and her passion has largely been centered on working with older adults, specifically those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Alexis created "Singing at Home," which is Bridgetown Music Therapy's online music engagement platform designed for older adults living with dementia and their caregivers.
Our discussion today revolves around the significance of integrating music into the day-to-day aspects of caregiving. We talk about the specific benefits we observe when incorporating music, exploring how to identify musical preferences and how to overcome potential insecurities about introducing music into caregiving routines. Music's ability to improve mood, alleviate anxiety, and foster communication is unparalleled. We'll also discuss promoting intergenerational connections and provide tips on using music at home for those in our care.
Thank you, Alexis, for sharing your warmth, kindness and love of music with us!
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Alexis shares about:
The emotional and therapeutic power of music, particularly in improving mood and reducing anxiety
Introduction of Alexis Baker: her role as the founder and board-certified music therapist at Bridgetown Music Therapy, and her dedication to older adults with dementia and Alzheimer's
The inception and purpose of "Singing at Home," an online music engagement platform by Bridgetown Music Therapy
The importance and benefits of integrating music into daily caregiving routines
Strategies for determining individual musical preferences and addressing caregiver insecurities about facilitating musical experiences
Techniques for promoting intergenerational connections and practical tips for implementing music at home
About Alexis Baker & Bridgetown Music Therapy
Alexis Baker, Founder & Owner, Board-Certified Music Therapist
Bridgetown Music Therapy began sparking joy in 2017 in Portland, Oregon. Alexis Baker, MT-BC founded the company to create meaningful connections through the power of music. After earning her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Marylhurst University in 2013, Alexis provided enriching music therapy sessions for many years. Her passion has remained working with older adults, drawn to their wisdom and life stories. When the COVID pandemic began in 2020, Alexis was determined to create a safe way to bring essential engagement to older adults. Bridgetown Music Therapy went digital- straight to the screens and homes of seniors and their communities. BridgetownMT.com
A music-therapist created virtual video music library older adults living at home.
Singing at Home is Bridgetown Music Therapy’s premier online music engagement platform, designed for older adults living with dementia and their caregivers. Virtual memberships gain access to a robust video library with over 300 music sessions and song options, uniquely available 24/7 and ready to engage your loved one or care recipient in any setting. The website is easy to use and can be viewed from any internet-ready device; no special equipment or software required. Dementia- friendly sessions feature Board-Certified Music Therapist Alexis playing her guitar and singing familiar, favorite tunes. Easy-to-read song lyrics are displayed on the screen with every video. Many sessions incorporate wellness aspects through gentle stretching and deep breathing exercises.
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