Music for Health

By Nancy Truscott, Parish Nurse

Posted on August 24, 2017

There are a variety of Toronto clinics dedicated to reducing falls. Falls are a major cause of pain, injury, loss of mobility and even shortened lifespan. This fall St. Paul’s will offer a neurologic music therapy program called Music for Health.

Neurologic Music Therapy is a researched-based system of music interventions. It uses scientific knowledge about music and the brain to help improve cognitive, physical and language abilities. Numerous research studies have shown these interventions improve walking and movement patterns in neurological populations such as Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis and those at risk of falling.

Dr. Corene Hurt-Thaut, Professor at the University of Toronto and Neurologic Music Therapist, will bring her Music and Health Science students together with parishioners for individually tailored exercises. The clinic will be held in our gymnasium, accessible by elevator.

As the Parish Nurse, I will open the clinic with prayers for safety, fellowship and optimized health. In closing we will offer a song of praise which I hope will become a favourite.

There is a nominal cost of $10 for the clinic and scholarships are available. For more information or to register online, click here.