"Providing support and training to help those living with dementia"
























 

Music and Activity Specialist

Doug Seubert is a music and activity specialist with experience in designing and facilitating music and activity programs for people with Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia.

I provide free music interventions and other activities for individuals and groups in skilled nursing facilities, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, assisted living communities, and private homes. Scroll down this page for more information.

If you would like to schedule a "meet and greet" to discuss the services I provide as a Music and Activity Specialist, or to schedule me to come and do music or other activities at your care center or in your home, just call or email me:

715-383-0897 (cell)

doug@advantageconsultingservices.org 


Please note that I do not charge for these services; however, donations and "free will offerings" are accepted. All proceeds go to support the "Sing Along with Margaret" project.

Examples of music and activity services

  • Group "sing-a-longs"
  • Individualized music intervention sessions
  • Interactive activities including cards, bingo, and other games
  • "Arts and crafts" projects
  • Book readings
  • Companionship
All activities can be tailored to individuals or groups (small or large). All music interventions and activity sessions are customized to each individual's needs and abilities. While the primary purpose is to bring moments of joy to people with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other conditions, there are many other benefits. Customized music and activity interventions can improve mood, improve the appetite, decrease depression, and help lower anxiety and aggressive behavior. Music and activity interventions can also stimulate the mind, awaken memories, and connect people with dementia to the present.


The "Sing Along with Margaret" project

"Sing Along with Margaret" is a unique project that brings meaningful music to people with Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia. Music is very powerful, and research shows it is therapeutic: it improves mood, lowers anxiety, reduces depression, and helps people with dementia connect with the present through shared moments of joy. 

Even though it has been known that music has many benefits for people with dementia, there is nobody creating music specifically for this population. The downloadable recordings in the “Sing Along with Margaret” project are all well-known, well-liked favorites; but we incorporate repetition, verbal cues and words of praise and encouragement. More than just background music, our songs are engaging and encourage participation. Musical responsiveness, as well as sensory awareness and emotional memory, are considered “continuing abilities” for people with dementia, as these skills often remain intact and are rarely compromised by the disease. Our music evokes a response, stimulates the senses, and taps into emotions and memories, and that’s why this type of musical intervention is so beneficial to those with Alzheimer’s disease and advanced dementia. Click here for more information about the "Sing Along with Margaret" project.


My personal story and experience as a caregiver

Starting in 2010, I had the honor to serve as the full-time, live-in caregiver for my mother, Margaret, who had Alzheimer’s disease with advanced dementia. She passed away December 7, 2014. I feel in my heart that I still have caregiving to do, and I made a promise to my mother that I would honor her memory by continuing to help others, especially the elderly and those with dementia. 

During my time as her caregiver, I provided both supportive care and personal care to my mother. Much of my time was devoted to being her companion and to filling her days with meaningful activities and moments of joy. When she was still able, we worked on craft projects, played cards, and completed jigsaw puzzles together. I also included her in daily activities such as washing dishes and folding towels, which made her feel useful and still able to help in managing her home. As her disease broadened and her abilities narrowed, I adapted our activities to keep her included and involved in meaningful ways. We sang every day and I included music as an important part of her therapy at home.

Through caring for my mom, I further developed the important skills of patience, understanding, communication, and kindness—all the characteristics my mother embodied and taught to me throughout my entire life. I also learned to be creative and innovative in finding and adapting meaningful ways to keep her active and connected to life.

I am currently in graduate school earning a Master’s degree in Public Health and beginning an internship with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin. I also work full time for Marshfield Senior Services. My volunteer work as a music and activity specialist compliments my graduate studies and professional goals as my focus is on geriatric care and working with the elderly.


Disclaimer

Doug Seubert does not have a degree in music therapy and is not a board certified music therapist. He is, however, a “Music and Activity Specialist” and has training, education, and experience in developing, providing, and evaluating music and other activity programs designed to benefit people with dementia.



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