Music and Wellness: In Vista Terrace, residents greet each other with a song, share stories, move to music, sing, and play instruments- all during one group- led by North Hill’s Music Therapist, Kristi Faby. Music therapy is the evidence-based practice of using music as a tool to address nonmusical goals such as promoting cognition, communication, and motor skills. Perhaps most importantly, music therapy can enhance quality of life. Music therapy is used with a variety of populations and is particularly effective for older adults.
“From a health and wellness perspective, music therapy provides tremendous benefits to seniors. Music can ease the perception of pain, lessen anxiety, and promote better sleep patterns. For seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, music therapy sessions can help trigger fond memories and improve communication.” says Joe Frias, Director of Healthcare Services at North Hill. “At North Hill, we are very fortunate to have a full-time board certified music therapist on our interdisciplinary team who provides therapeutic programming to our residents.”
Meaningful Engagement: Julie Hieshetter, Memory Support Manager at North Hill, states that “music allows people with memory decline to open up more easily, engage and participate.” Hieshetter attributes these positive outcomes to music’s universal effects. “It’s something we can all relate to and have experienced.”
Community Involvement: Due to various factors such as mobility limitations, Vista Terrace residents cannot always attend town hall and other events across North Hill. As part of a new program entitled “Music and Happenings,” leadership executives come to them to share the joy of music and discuss campus-wide issues. To initiate the group, Joe Frias engaged in making music and contributing to a productive dialogue around healthcare initiatives at North Hill. Frias explained his role, and residents asked questions surrounding their own health needs. North Hill CEO and President Ted Owens participated in the group during the month of February.
Some final notes on music therapy:
- Music therapists are Board Certified by the Certification Board of Music Therapists and undergo intensive clinical training.
- Kristi Faby received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Music Therapy from Florida State University and completed her internship at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA.
- At Vista Terrace we offer daily music therapy groups open to everyone.
- Depending on their needs, some residents may qualify for individual services.
- To inquire about our referral process or for further information about North Hill’s music therapy program contact Kristi Faby, MM, MT-BC, CDP at KFaby@Northhill.org.
- To learn more about music therapy in general, visit the American Music Therapy Association website: musictherapy.org.
Kristi Faby, Music Therapist, North Hill
Be sure to visit us this spring for these catalog events.
Wednesday, April 3 at 2:30 pm Singer Will LeMoy and Pianist Joe Reid: Cole Porter, Easy to Love: The life and music of one of America’s most prolific and beloved composers.
Thursday, April 11, at 11 am Actor, Writer, Director Johnny Kinsman: Two Lanterns, A Full Moon and a Petticoat: A 40 minute presentation and slide show about Paul Revere’s and William Dawes’ famous ride with some rarely reported and very surprising details!
Thursday, April 25 at 11 am Executive Director of the Museum of African American History in Boston, Marita Rivero with Rejoice in the Triumph of Freedom on the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Boston Common and the dramatic story that led to its creation.
Tuesday, April 30, at 2:30 pm Rabbi Rifat Sonsino: The power of charisma and the legends it creates. What do we really know about Jesus and Moses?
Wednesday, May 1 and Friday, May 10 at 11 am Author Barbara Berenson on the Women of Massachusetts during the Suffrage Movement
Thursday, May 2, 3pm artist talk, 4pm reception Artsts Chris Jeffrey and Gerri Rachins with Color Blast an installation that is all about the power of color.
Saturday, May 4, 3pm: Opera51 with An Afternoon at the Opera Selected favorites from Oper51’s past performances.
Friday, May 17th at 2pm Justice Denied: A very personal presentation by Marge Yamamoto about Japanese Incarceration during WWII and the lasting impact of her own family’s experience after being interned
Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 am William Fowler, Ph.D., author, retired executive director of the Massachusetts Historical Society and retired Professor, Northeastern University: An American Crisis: The story of the dramatic two years (October 1781-November 1783) after Genearal Cornwallis’s surrender at Yorktown when the nascent United States was on the brink of immediate collapse.
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Mother and daughter, artists Nancy and Ellen Schön combine talents for Needham exhibit.
Ted Owens served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2015. Mr. Owens’ involvement with North Hill began in 2010 as a member of the Board of Advisors. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011 and served as Vice Chair of the Board from 2012 to 2015. During his tenure, Mr. Owens has served as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Human Resources Committee. He served as interim Chief Executive Officer of North Hill from May 2017 through December 2017 and has stepped into the role permanently on September 26, 2018.
Mr. Owens’ background is primarily in financial management. He earned his certificate as a Certified Public Accountant with the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand and has been the Chief Financial Officer of a number of firms, including two publicly traded companies – Groundwater Technology, Inc. and American Science and Engineering, Inc. His experience spans a variety of industries, including biotech, environmental, software and technology, and has filled operational management roles in a number of organizations.
Mr. Owens has served on the boards of other non-profit organizations, including the New England School of Acupuncture, South Boston Neighborhood House and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham.
Mr. Owens is an active volunteer in Needham town government. He serves as a Town Meeting Member and as a member of the Planning Board. He has previously served on the Finance Committee, the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Assessors, and a variety of other boards and study committees.
Mr. Owens has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.
Mr. Brown joined North Hill in April of 2014 as the Director of Human Resources (HR). Mr. Brown is the principal strategic advisor on human capital and human resources directives and initiatives. Mr. Brown oversees all aspects of human resources, its practices, and operations in order to ensure that HR policies, procedures, and practices are fully levered to support the continued growth of North Hill. Mr. Brown is an experienced human resources executive with expertise in developing, managing, implementing and integrating human resources programs to support business objectives. Mr. Brown prides himself as a strategic leader, one that builds strong partnerships within the organization. Prior to North Hill, Mr. Brown worked for a large healthcare system and teaching hospital in San Diego, California.
Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Claflin University in South Carolina and a Master’s Degree (magna cum laude) in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in California. Mr. Brown is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), Human Resources Management & Executive Network, and HR Executive (HR Linked).