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  1. 1. Improving the lives of older Americans HealthRHYTHMS Wentworth Connections Portsmouth NH Presented by Jeanne B. Russell, HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator
  2. 2. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 2 History of HealthRHYTHMS  Developed by Dr. Barry Bittman, leading neurologist and mind-body researcher, after he led a renowned research team in the first biological study on the effects of group drumming in 2000.
  3. 3. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 3 Drumming is an aesthetic activity practiced throughout the ages that provides kinesthetic stress release through physical activity while improving one’s mood and providing an avenue for creative expression. In this era of creative longing, more and more people desire to participate in music. Christine Stevens MSW, MT-BC, MA Health Rhythms Trainer
  4. 4. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 4 “It’s time to stop thinking of the drum as just a musical instrument. Start thinking of it as a unifying tool for every family, a wellness tool for every retiree and an educational tool for every classroom.” Remo Belli CEO/Founder of Remo, Inc.
  5. 5. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 5 Recreational Music Making Recreational Music Making encompasses enjoyable, accessible and fulfilling group music-based activities that unite people of all ages, regardless of their challenges, backgrounds, ethnicity, ability or prior experience. From exercise, nurturing, social support, bonding and spirituality, to intellectual stimulation heightened understanding and enhanced capacity to cope with life’s challenges, the benefits of Recreational Music Making ultimately affords unparalleled creative expression that unites our bodies, minds and spirits.
  6. 6. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 6 WELLNESS, A NEW PERSPECTIVE Alicia Clair, Ph.D., MT-BC Professor and the Director of Music Therapy at the University of Kansas “Customarily people have interpreted good health as the absence of illness or disease, but more recently wellness has come to a new meaning, feeling as good as one can feel regardless of diagnosis. This new interpretation of wellness is reflected in a shift from medical professional control and management to individuals’ assumed responsibility for ‘feeling good’. It is broadly understood that ‘being well’ results from engagement in activities that lead to and maintain health.”
  7. 7. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 7 Training to Facilitate  Wentworth Connections received a Wellness Initiative Grant from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.  Jeanne Russell was trained in 2007.  Received the grant money and purchased the drums  Training and drums are available at www.remo.org
  8. 8. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 8 7 Evidence-Based Elements 1. STRESS REDUCTION HealthRHYTHMS strengthened the immune system by increasing Natural Killer (NK) cell activity(Bittman, Alternative Therapies, 2001).
  9. 9. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 9 7 Evidence-Based Elements 2. EXERCISE Drumming is an accessible exercise which burns calories and improves mood and may reduce the risk of disease.
  10. 10. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 10 7 Evidence-Based Elements 3. SELF-EXPRESSION Drumming empowers people to move beyond their perceived boundaries.
  11. 11. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 11 7 Evidence-Based Elements 4. CAMARADERIE/SUPPORT A 1992 Duke University Study linked lengthened lifespan with having a close confidant.
  12. 12. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 12 7 Evidence-Based Elements 5. NURTURING HealthRHYTHMS protocol creates a level playing field where support of growth and development is encouraged.
  13. 13. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 13 7 Evidence-Based Elements 6. SPIRITUALITY HealthRHYTHMS is a group hand-drumming protocol. According to Jan Gregory, Adjunct Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary, “Hand drumming is an ancient art that has been used in many cultures.
  14. 14. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 14 7 Evidence-Based Elements 7. MUSIC MAKING Systematic inquiry into the relationship between music and brain function is one of the most rapidly developing fields of human research.
  15. 15. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 15 EMPOWERMENT We define “EMPOWERMENT DRUMMING” as a comprehensive whole-person, evidence based therapeutic approach based upon and emerging discipline we call “RHYTHMACOLOGY”
  16. 16. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 16 EMPOWERMENT Enjoyment Resounding joyfully through all phases of life
  17. 17. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 17 EMPOWERMENT Music Making Playing the song within that yearns to be heard.
  18. 18. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 18 EMPOWERMENT Personal Fostering creative Self-expression.
  19. 19. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 19 EMPOWERMENT Opportunity To choose and create your own part.
  20. 20. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 20 EMPOWERMENT Wow! The fun of sharing the unique rhythm of our hearts!
  21. 21. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 21 EMPOWERMENT Exercise The perfect invigorating workout for everyone at every level.
  22. 22. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 22 EMPOWERMENT Rhythm The inner beat that’s destined to flow with purpose.
  23. 23. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 23 EMPOWEMENT Mastery Without obstacles or Challenging learning. curves.
  24. 24. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 24 EMPOWEMENT Enlivening Energizing one’s spirit to exceed life’s challenges.
  25. 25. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 25 EMPOWEMENT Nurturing Building bonds for Supporting each other.
  26. 26. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 26 EMPOWEMENT Transcendence Exceeding perceived limits.
  27. 27. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 27 PROTOCOL  Introducing the program  Wellness Exercise  Breaking the Ice – Shaker activity  The ABC’s of drumming  Rhythmic naming  Entrainment Building/The Groove  Guided Imagery  Wellness Exercise  The Finale
  28. 28. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 28 Introducing the Program Encourage and open mind and open heart.
  29. 29. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 29 Wellness Exercise We warm up fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders and Take some deep, long breaths.
  30. 30. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 30 Breaking the Ice We use large apple shakers. apple shakers.
  31. 31. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 31 ABC’s of Drumming Proper technique is taught to insure safety.
  32. 32. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 32 Rhythmic Naming Each person Plays their name and We all play it together. It turns into A groove then a Coordinate closing; 1234Stop!
  33. 33. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 33 Entrainment Building We start with a foundation rhythm and we all join in to play.
  34. 34. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 34 The Groove
  35. 35. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 35 Dynamics
  36. 36. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 36 Dynamics
  37. 37. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 37 Dynamics
  38. 38. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 38 Guided Imagery We take guided journeys together, using the drums for sound effects.
  39. 39. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 39 Wellness Exercise We repeat the original exercises.
  40. 40. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 40 The Finale We Celebrate our time together!
  41. 41. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 41 The Instruments Training and instrument packages are available from Remo www.remo.org
  42. 42. © 2009. National Council on AgingA non-profit service and advocacy organization 42 Thank You The information in this presentation was obtained from www.remo.org and the HealthRHYTHMS training manual.

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