Enriching the Lives of Parkinsons Patients

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Interested in Enriching the lives of Parkinsons Patients?


Heather MacTavish
Provident Publishing

Sometimes it’s simply a spark of recognition… or a renewed memory of a long-forgotten past.

In working with people with disorders such as Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s, research has found the act of drumming and singing songs can inspire memories, movement, speech, and ultimately rewire the brain.

In her new book, Songs, Science, & Spirit, author Heather MacTavish uses her extensive knowledge of rhythmic drumming in long-term care settings, her own experiences living with Parkinson’s disease, and sound research to prove that this simple contact can greatly benefit people’s lives.

In this inspiring and invaluable guide for caretakers, program directors, and family members, MacTavish outlines:

  • How to care for these special people with respect while expanding their sense of independence.
  • How to stay grounded spiritually in the face of challenges.
  • How to prepare, execute, and identify with residents for an effective drum session experience.
  • The benefits and rewards that residents have after a drumming session.

    With a multitude of useful guides and tools, evocative storytelling, and spiritually enriching, Songs, Science, & Spirit is a must-have resource for those in caretaking roles.

    To learn more about this book, go to the website www.music-ability.com and click on Songs, Science & Spirit

    To receive a review copy or book the author for an interview, e-mail Heather MacTavish@music-ability.com.

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  • Songs, Science  Spirit by Heather MacTavish available here, securely from Amazon

    Please click on the image above to purchase Songs, Science & Spirit! Your purchase will support the World Centre for Creative Learning Foundation, formed by Zubin Balsara, based in Pune,India.

    Heather Speaks of the Power of Rhythm on YouTube

    Heather MacTavish speaks of the power of rhythm, woven into footage of her Songs, Science & Spirit program conducted at the Windchime Memory Unit in Marin, California. Directed and photographed by Warren Saire. Click Here

    Zubin and Heather's India Drum-Story-Song Presentation at the Rotary Club

    Zubin Balsara and Heather MacTavish present a Drum-Story-Song to the Rotary Club of Mumbai, India. Click Here