AudAbility & Parkinson’s Disease

Our Parkinson’s Music Therapy Program: AudAbility™

Interested? Contact us to hear about current schedules, program availability, and promotions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We help people with Parkinson’s Disease live their lives out loud.

We believe that living with Parkinson’s doesn’t have to be isolating or limiting.

Through music therapy and wellness-based approaches, we empower individuals to cultivate greater quality of life.

How does the program work?

Music therapy is an evidence-based approach to assisting clients with physical, neurological, and emotional needs.

Using proven music interventions such as singing, movement, instrument play, songwriting, and mindfulness, we can address your needs and therapeutic goals.

Our board certified music therapists have expertise in specialty areas, including Neurologic Music Therapy, Yoga, and Medical Music Therapy.

We bring an environment that is both welcoming and safe. Our program supports group and individual empowerment, emotional validation, and opportunities for self-expression.

We can help participants improve and maintain critical functions such as speech, swallowing, breath capacity, fine & gross motor skills, and cognition.

San Diego County Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of the Central County Parkinson’s Support Group, you may be qualified to receive financial aid that will cover the cost of 12 weeks in our Parkinson’s program, AudAbility™!

Our North County Parkinson’s Support Group scholarships are currently on hold. Please check back for updates.

Outside of San Diego County?

Parkinson’s Wellness Fund generously offers scholarships for AudAbility™ for individuals with Parkinson’s in any location. Short application required; apply now! Select AudAbility – Music Therapy at the end of the application.

Testimonials

MEET OUR THERAPISTS

Annela Flores, MT-BC, RYT-200

Annela is a staff music therapist for MusicWorx and a registered yoga teacher. She specializes in adult populations, including: inpatient medical settings, hospice/palliative care, Parkinson’s Disease, mental health, and older adult care. Annela began working with the AudAbility program in 2016. Annela is passionate about helping people with Parkinson’s feel equipped and empowered to live their best lives.

Cassandra Richtsmeier, MT-BC

Cassandra is the current AudAbility Voice music therapist with collegiate vocal training, experience with facilitating in-person and virtual classes, and is an intern placement mentor. She serves a variety of populations including adult inpatient medical hospital, people with Parkinson’s Disease, older adult with memory care needs, and teens in mental health. Cassandra is honored to help people with Parkinson’s to strengthen their voices and continue to live their lives out loud.

OUR PROGRAM INCLUDES:

Voice

Participants engage in mindfulness exercises, physical warm-ups, and vocal warm-ups to prepare the body and mind for active music making through singing with their peers – improving articulation and projection of the voice.

HARMONICA

Harmonica is both a fun and accessible instrument to play – it increases lung capacity and breath control, builds self-esteem, and encourages socialization. Participants learn breathing exercises, harmonica warm-ups, and a varied harmonica repertoire.

Piano

We utilize unique Music Delights keyboards that makes piano playing accessible and enjoyable for people of all abilities and needs. This dynamic system, on generous loan from Yamaha, connects keyboard interfaces together and provides a light-up follow-along system that engages everyone around the table. Finger exercises, piano repertoire, and opportunities for musical improvisation allow participants to work towards goals in improving fine motor skills and increasing cognition while developing a support network with like-minded individuals.

Stretching

Music-guided movement, stretching, and wellness: Customized to the needs of People with Parkinson’s and their care partners, we provide accessible exercises for any and all levels of physical ability or yoga familiarity. Participants explore coping mechanisms to combat stress and anxiety, improve flexibility, and strengthen the muscles vital for balance.

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