Music therapy is a powerful tool in promoting physical, mental, and emotional wellness among our elderly. Worldshine Adult Medical Day Care Center understands the importance of music and offers a variety of music therapy classes led by the one and only Mr. Duke Tang.
Mr. Duke Tang, a professional musician, composer, and conductor of the Washington Chinese Traditional Orchestra, stands as Worldshine’s main educator for the music therapy program. With his extensive music education from the University of Maryland and years of experience, Duke Tang has become a seasoned expert in music therapy for seniors, particularly those with dementia. His dedication as the Artistic Director of Worldshine for over eight years has positively impacted the lives of more than 400 participants.
Music therapy offers many benefits such as emotional well-being especially for seniors, where music therapy provides a source of comfort, reducing feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Engaging in music also activates multiple regions of the brain, stimulating cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and language skills which can contribute to slowing down cognitive decline. This helps a lot with seniors who are experiencing dementia or other cognitive disabilities.
Worldshine’s music therapy program offers a diverse range of classes tailored to the unique needs and interests of seniors:
- Ukulele Class: Seniors of all skill levels can learn to strum the cheerful tunes of the ukulele in a supportive and engaging environment.
- Singing Class which provides an avenue for self-expression, enjoyment, and the opportunity to strengthen vocal and breathing techniques.
- Yoga Ball Drum: This innovative class combines physical movement with music by using yoga balls as percussion instruments.
- Therapeutic Music Listening: Sometimes, simply listening to music can have profound effects on emotional well-being and relaxation.