#429 Dance and Music for Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Challenges

Feb 12, 2020 | Art of Living, Interview Series

Dance and Music for Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Challenges

The Not Old Better Show, Artist Interview Series

Welcome to The Not Old Better Show. I’m Paul Vogelzang and this is episode # 429.

As part of our Art of Living Interview series, we have a wonderful show today. I say, ‘we,’ because my wife, Gretchen Vogelzang, who you all know, and from your emails, all seem to love, just like me, will join me with today’s guests. Gretchen is wearing her “dance professional” hat because our two guests have dance professional hats, among others, that they wear, too.

As I say, today’s show is a great one, and an important one and our guests reflect that importance. We are speaking with Robert Sacheli and Roy Barber. More about Robert Sacheli and Roy Barber in a moment, but our equally important subject is the delightful combination of music and dancing to aide in therapy for the aged, including therapy for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

Music makes you feel happy, mournful, engaged, soothed, or uplifted. People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) benefit from participating in musical programs including dancing. If you have a movement disorder you may think you’ll no longer be able to participate in many physical activities including dancing. That is not necessarily so. Dancing is good exercise, it encourages mental stimulation and social interaction, can reduce depression, and generally make you feel better.

That’s our subject today and Gretchen and I will be speaking with two experts about this. Robert Sacheli and Roy Barber are dance and music experts, respectively, and both know from experience that music therapy has been demonstrated to be effective for people with PD and other movement restrictions. Both Robert Sacheli and Roy Barber will discuss their use of dance and music therapy programs that show that playing and/or singing, dancing and listening to music may have an effect on emotions, behaviors, movement, communication, and cognitive factors.

Please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show via internet phone, Robert Sacheli, and Roy Barber.

My thanks to Robert Sacheli and Roy Barber and for their generous time about an important topic. My thanks to my wonderful bride and co-host today, Gretchen, and my thanks to you, our wonderful Not Old Better Show audience. Remember, let’s talk about better…The Not Old Better Show. Thanks, everybody.
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