SNF Spotlight

Music Therapy for Seniors with Tamar Frieden

Music memory taps into the salience network of the brain that is still relatively functioning among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Music for Life founder Tamar Frieden witnesses this firsthand in her music therapy work in senior care facilities.

In this episode of the SNF Spotlight series, we’re featuring Tamar Frieden, founder of Music for Life, has seen music create miracles as well.

In her two decades of doing music therapy with seniors, Tamar’s seen participants who were unresponsive or had been mute for months suddenly come to life and sing a song or even speak to another participant.

“Music is just something that makes people feel happy, but when it comes to those with dementia and Alzheimer’s, music is the key to open a door to being present in the moment.”

Scientific research shows evidence of what Tamar’s seen firsthand throughout her career in music and dance therapy. Music memory taps into the salience network of the brain that is still relatively functioning among individuals with Alzheimer’s.

Tamar offers interactive programming with toddlers and seniors together, as well as classes for seniors in senior care facilities.

Seniors Samba is an interactive music and movement series designed to:

  • Increase cognitive functions
  • Improve confidence
  • Use fine motor skills
  • Increase memory skills

Most importantly, the program creates strong community interaction and joy.

During the pandemic, Tamar is offering a turnkey solution for skilled nursing facilities to run Senior Samba with videos, instruments and training. Learn more about it here.

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    1 thought on “Music Therapy for Seniors with Tamar Frieden”

    1. Tamar is definitely the rock star for seniors and toddlers. She taught my little buddy in Toddler Tango in the facility in Upstate New York that she mentioned. One day my little friend took the hand of a woman who Tamar said had never interacted before. The woman held my little one’s hand and talked to her. It was magical. Thank you for sharing Tamar with others.

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