Guest post from Bev Foster with Room 217

Musings from Bev Foster, Room 217

There is something extraordinary about the capacity music has to enhance, even transform situations, relationships, well-being, neural circuitry and quality of life.

Music has the capacity to meet us where we’re at, influence our mood, trigger memories and give us pleasure, provide comfort and strengthen hope.

The themes of lyrics may tell the stories of our lives.  Music can influence mood, and mood can influence music. Music can shift our mood.

Through thoughtful combination in the use of music we can help people move from isolation into relationship.Full Post:   Read More

Music Care – Dare I speak?

It is rather funny that me, Kath Murray, dare to address music in caregiving! Kicked out of the grade five choir, (actually I did not even pass the audition), my musical instruments are limited to the radio, cd player and most recently I have taken up the iPOD.  But, truth be told I have sung to patients on the rare occasion when the words matched the moment and the person requested me sing rather than recite.

Mm-hm I want to linger,

mm-hm a little longer,

mm-hm a little longer here with you….Full Post:   Read More

Music in the classroom… some of my favorites

As much as I lack expertise in integrating music in care at the bedside, I enjoy integrating music in education!

Using music and art in teaching can stimulate thinking while simultaneously transcend the thinking and move the learners to feeling, exploration, and new insights.

To open the door for discussing the use of music in education, I will share a few of my personal favorites that have spoken to me over the years.  Though they may not be the songs that will stimulate or inspire your students, perhaps they will stimulate you to have your students suggest music that speaks to them of the issues you are teaching.Full Post:   Read More

American Cancer Society Awards Its Medal of Honor to a palliative care physician!

Yahooo!  Way to go!  Good choice!

Dr. Diane E. Meier, one of the leading figures in the field of palliative medicine, received the Medal of Honor for Cancer Control in recognition of her pioneering leadership of the effort to bring non-hospice palliative care into mainstream medicine. Her work as a researcher, physician, and policy advocate has greatly improved quality of life for patients, survivors, and their families, and has inspired an entire field of professionals. One of her enduring contributions is making palliative care accessible throughout the trajectory of cancer, so that patients now can receive care focusing on quality of life even at the early phases of illness.Full Post:   Read More