Dr. Barbara Steinhaus, a professor of music and chair of the School of Music in Gainesville, weekly entertains the patients at Habersham Medical Center with a wide selection of acapella songs as part of a new music program for the hospital’s long-term care and rehab facility.
“For those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, a song or a verse in a song can spark a special memory,” said Steinhaus. “Sometimes they are very quiet at first but then a certain song will connect with them and their faces light up. I love it when they sing along with me. The staff loves the songs as well. I love to see members of the patient’s nursing team standing in the doorway, listening and smiling.
“On a local level and as a Clarkesville-resident, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to share Arts in Health with Habersham Medical Center.”
You can read the full article at http://www.habershammedical.com/bringing-music-to-the-ears-while-healing-the-body and learn more about Dr. Steinhaus’ program and watch the video in the Brenau Window at http://window.brenau.edu/articles/steinhaus/.