“This program engages seniors and gets them moving, singing and dancing,” said Gila Vinokur, director and owner of Music Together Dallas. “Immediately following one of my sessions, you can already see a tremendous visible difference in mobility and speech. Music uses both hemispheres of the brain, so it has the ability to access memories or help whatever areas are suffering.”
Vinokur organized residents in a circle and began singing, snapping and clapping, allowing the residents to repeat her. She then introduced shakers, ribbons and kitchen utensils, and soon had everyone involved in a fully interactive musical dancing session. As the session continued, the more active the residents became.
“We like to think outside the box when it comes to activities that can help our residents physically and emotionally,”
“Music brings joy because it releases endorphins,”
The Legacy at Preston Hollow is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, faith-based senior living residence that offers a continuum of care allowing residents to stay in place with assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and long term care. Built in 2001, the community features 41 assisted living apartments, 113 skilled nursing beds and a state-of-the-