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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Thanks to the world that says thanks!
Thanks to thanks
iron and snow!
The world is a threatening place
makes the rounds
from one pair of lips to another,
soft as a bright
and sweet as a petal of sugar,
filling the mouth with its sound
or else a mumbled
Life becomes human again:
it’s no longer an open window.
A bit of brightness
strikes into the forest,
and we can sing again beneath the leaves.
Thanks, you’re the medicine we take
to save us from the bit of scorn.
Your light brightens the altar of harshness.
a tapestry known
to far distant peoples.
into the wilds
and in the jungle
while the hustling train
sweeping away borders,
clinging to pointy
volcanoes, to fire and freezing cold,
or danke, yes! gracias,and
the world turns into a table:
a single word has wiped it clean,
plates and glasses gleam,
and the tablecloth is broad as a plain
Thank you, thanks,
for going out and returning,
for rising up
and settling down.
We know, thanks,
that you don’t fill every space-
you’re only a word-
where your little petal
the daggers of pride take cover
and the’s a penny’s worth of smiles.
Lifelong Learning is an everyday occurance at North Hill. Residents enjoy a regular menu of distinguished speakers, presenters and performers who provoke thought and pique intellectual curiosity. Recent presenters include former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis; Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker; and Sports Writer and host of WBUR’s broadast It’s Only a Game, Bill Littlefield. Other luminaries include nationally renowned classical pianist Fred Moyer; Rabbi Rifat Sonsino, Ph.D, whose course on the Dead Sea Scrolls is widely attended; and concert Pianist Robyn Carmichael whose recital and presentation, Romantic Masters and their Muses prompted a standing ovation. Our art gallery is alive with color and form, boasting exhibitions by accomplished artists, including Nancy Schon of Make Way for Ducklings Fame.
Whether it’s art, music, history, literature or current events, our residents love to listen, learn, discuss and enjoy. They embody North Hill’s philosophy of PurposeFULL Living every single day.
Needham, MA…The Board of Trustees of North Hill Communities, Inc. announced that Board Chairman, Ted Owens will step into the role of President and CEO for the organization. His appointment follows the resignation of current President and CEO Rob Fallon.
Mr. Owens’ affiliation with North Hill dates back to 2010, when he became a member of the Board of Advisors. Since then he has served as Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Human Resources Committee. He also served as interim President and CEO for North Hill from May 2017 to December 2017.
Mr. Owens has been President of Brown, Thompson & Company, LLC, a management consulting firm providing a variety of financial and administrative support services to start-up technology firms. He will be leaving that position to work full-time at North Hill.
His background is primarily in financial management. He has served as CFO for a number of firms including two publicly traded companies; Groundwater Technology, Inc. and American Science and Engineering.
Mr. Owens also brings experience in non-profit governance from his years on the Boards of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital (Needham campus), the New England School of Acupuncture and the South Boston Neighborhood House, among others.
Mr. Owens has been active in Needham’s local town government and is currently a member of the Needham Planning Board. He has previously served on the Finance Committee, the Board of Selectmen and a variety of other boards and study committees.
Ms. Tina Vasconcelles who is stepping up as the new Chair of the North Hill Board of Trustees said “Ted is perfectly poised to assume this role for North Hill. As a long-time member of several non-profit boards, Ted knows how to navigate the landscape between governance and management. We’re thrilled that he’s agreed to take this role.”
“Observing the level of commitment and care that the Team Members at North Hill bring to their work has been humbling and inspiring,” says Owens. “I’m very happy to be able once again to take a more active role as part of the team and in the lives of our residents at North Hill.”
North Hill residents are very pleased with the news of this appointment. Cynthia Kelly, President of the North Hill Resident Council said “We are grateful that because of his long term leadership at North Hill, Ted Owens has stepped into the President and CEO position; he has extensive experience in all aspects of North Hill management and was interim President and CEO for nine months prior to Rob coming on board. North Hill’s Resident Council welcomes Ted and looks forward to working with him and having him aboard.”