Perfect Harmony is a music therapy-based, dementia-friendly program for seniors living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions. Endorsed by the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Perfect Harmony promotes social, emotional, physical and cognitive well-being through music, which has been scientifically proven to enliven the brain and bring joy to people of all abilities, even those with memory problems.
Through hour-long sessions, this program offers activities including: group singing, rhythm and movement-based games, and open discussion of experiences related to memorable songs. Activities focus on engaging the following five areas of the brain:
- Motor/Physical – instrument playing, movement activities, and dancing
- Communication - therapeutic singing, oral motor and respiratory exercises
- Social/Emotional – improvisation, musical games, movement activities
- Cognitive – musical instruments, lyric reading, sound detection, nostalgia
- Sensory – clapping, instrument playing, scarves, hand holding
Participants are transported to the Songbook Gallery in the Palladium for Perfect Harmony sessions. Each session serves 12-15 individuals plus their caretakers. Themes change monthly making it a program that seniors can attend multiple times a year.