Sharing the principles of Perfect Harmony

8/23/2017 12:59:48 PM

Caregiver workshop will explore benefits
of song-based activities for older adults

CARMEL, IN – Professionals and family caregivers who work with older adults can learn about the benefits of song-based programming through a workshop presented by the Great American Songbook Foundation.

“Perfect Harmony: Integrating Music into Daily Activities” is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Foundation’s home, the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Center Green, Carmel.

Research shows that singing and simple rhythmic movements can produce cognitive, emotional, social and even physical benefits for people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. These findings led the Great American Songbook Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, to launch its Perfect Harmony program, which offers regular music activity sessions for retirement communities and other senior groups.

The Sept. 14 workshop will help activity directors and caregivers develop similar song-based activities for older adults in their care. Presenters Jennifer Whitlow, a board-certified music therapist, and Kathy Woods, a certified Ageless Grace® Educator/Trainer, will survey the science and share the benefits of integrating music and movement into daily activities. Participants will work together to develop thematic song programs, complete with lyric sheets and activity plans.

Pre-registration is required, and tickets are available through the Center for the Performing Arts at The $10 registration fee includes the necessary materials. Each participant also should bring a sack lunch, pen and paper. For more information, contact Cathy Burton, director of programs, at (317) 844-9454 or

The workshop is sponsored by Applegate Elder Law with additional support from United Healthcare.