Friends of CenterLight and Institute for Music and Neurologic Function Present Virtual Caregiver Programs

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Online music therapy programs will provide helpful tips to caregivers.

Friends of CenterLight Foundation, in collaboration with the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), will offer free online music therapy programs for caregivers on Wednesday September 16th and Wednesday September 23rd. Tune in to these live sessions from 3:00-4:00 pm on CenterLight’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/centerlighthealthsystem).

Session 1: The Healing Power of Music
In the September 16 session, world-renowned music therapist and co-founder of the IMNF Dr. Concetta Tomaino will share ways that caregivers can use music to benefit their loved ones and themselves.

Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. Her research is focused on finding the most effective music-brain treatments that can potentially benefit those living with the effects of dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, stroke or trauma. A past president of the American Association for Music Therapy, Dr. Tomaino is a recipient of the Award of Accomplishment from Music Therapists for Peace at the United Nations.

Session 2: Stress Relief and Relaxation for Caregivers
The September 23 session will focus on using music to aid in stress relief and relaxation for caregivers, most of whom are busy taking care of their senior parents, in addition to their other work and family responsibilities, now heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual Programming in Response to COVID-19
These webinars are part of a series of online programs offered through CenterLight Teamcare to help keep participants, their caregivers and community members active and engaged. Intended to help prevent social isolation and depression, these educational, therapeutic and recreational programs are provided virtually, for attendees to enjoy in the comfort and safety of their homes. Learn more at http://www.centerlighthealthcare.org/life-at-teamcare.

For more information, contact:
Lisa Cesarano (lcesarano@centerlight.org; 718-239-1977)

About Friends of CenterLight
The Friends of CenterLight Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to improving the lives of CenterLight Teamcare participants by helping them to maintain their health, well-being and autonomy in environments that honor their individual needs, values, and preferences. Learn more at http://www.centerlight.org/foundation.

About the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function
The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) is an internationally recognized non-profit agency offering groundbreaking music therapy programs to restore, maintain and improve patients’ physical, emotional and neurological function through the methodical use of music. Learn more at http://www.imnf.org.

About CenterLight Health System
CenterLight Health System is a leading not-for-profit healthcare organization that offers a wide range of high-quality, community-based, and long-term healthcare services to New Yorkers in need. CenterLight Healthcare is the largest subsidiary of CenterLight Health System.

Teamcare is CenterLight Healthcare’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). An alternative to nursing home care, Teamcare empowers older adults to continue to live independently, at home and in their communities. With 14 locations throughout New York City, Westchester and Nassau/Suffolk Counties, the program serves participants from a wide range of backgrounds, including Arabic, Albanian, Chinese, Creole, English, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi, Russian and Spanish.

Teamcare develops individualized care plans, which are carried out by a dedicated interdisciplinary team (IDT) of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists, recreational therapists and other professionals working in concert to provide care as unique as the richly diverse participants enrolled in the plan. Learn more at http://www.centerlighthealthcare.org.

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