Music is a metaphor that connects people to a profound sense of life. In this book, music intersects with wellness and aging as humans adapt to life changes, stay engaged, remain creative, and achieve self-actualization. Along with discussion of cutting-edge research, the book presents stories and interviews from everyday people as well as professional and non-professional musicians. It discusses individual and social wellness, age-related and pathological changes in health, music therapies, personal resilience and growth, interpersonal and community relationships, work and retirement, spirituality, and the psychology of aging. The case studies show how music, wellness, and aging connect to define, direct, and celebrate life, as these three concepts allow people to connect with others, break down barriers, and find common ground.
Jan Baars - Extraordinary Professor of Aging, University of Humanistic Studies, Netherlands
Andrea Creech - Professor of Music Pedagogy, McGill University, Canada
J. Todd Frazier - Director of the System Center for Performing Arts Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital, USA
Susan Hochmiller - Assistant Professor of Voice, Gettysburg College, USA
Hanne Mette Ridder - Professor of Music Therapy, Aalborg University, Denmark
Katie Overy - Director of the Music in Human and Social Development Research Group, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Chris Phillipson - Professor of Sociology and Sociology Gerontology, University of Manchester, UK
Toru Sato - Professor of Psychology, Shippensburg University, USA
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