Music, senior centers, and quality of life

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Cambridge University Press,, Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States, p.x, 208 pages : (2023)

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(OCoLC)fst00800348, (OCoLC)fst01030444, (OCoLC)fst01085009, (OCoLC)fst01199252, (OCoLC)fst01201136, (OCoLC)fst01748296, Aging, fast, Music, Music and older people, Music and older people., Music therapy for older people, Music therapy for older people., quality of life, Quality of life., Senior centers, Senior centers., Social aspects, Social aspects., United States.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-203) and index.Part I : A new scene for exploration. Social and musical responsiveness ; State of music in US senior centers -- Part II : An experiential view of music in senior centers. A close-uplook at senior centers ; Music across six senior centers ; Older adults' perspectives on music ; Toward enhanced quality of life through musical activities in senior centers -- Part III : Entering a new normal. Musical opportunities in US senior centers pre- and mid-pandemic ; Lifelong music participation and new considerations."Lehmberg and Fung present a ground-breaking look at quality of life via the music participation of older adults in diverse US senior centers. The state of musical activities in senior centers pre- and midpandemic is elucidated through original research conducted in senior centers across six states. Featured are older adults' stories told in their own words; insights from senior center activity leaders, management, and staff; and data, analyses, and syntheses from the authors' senior center visits and a survey of center managers. The authors document the adjustment process undergone by these centers during the pandemic and leading into a new normal. Recommendations are offered for policy makers, school and community music educators, music activity leaders, older adults, caregivers, and service providers to enhance the quality of life of older adults. The critical role that music plays in supporting their quality of life is emphasized." --