Music replaces medication at Newcastle West nursing home

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

A NEWCASTLE West nursing home has become the latest place to swear by the soothing effects of a new brand of music, which claims to have the ability to settle down children, calm stressful offices and cure insomnia.

A NEWCASTLE West nursing home has become the latest place to swear by the soothing effects of a new brand of music, which claims to have the ability to settle down children, calm stressful offices and cure insomnia.

The ‘alphamusic’ of John Levine has been played to residents at Killeline Nursing Home for the past number of months, and staff there believe that it has helped “enhance the quality of life” of people under their care.

Mr Levine, who records his music on a Steinway concert grand piano from a studio in Krakow, Poland, bases his music on “centuries old European and Asian scales” which claim to have therapeutic benefits.

Marie O’Malley, director of nursing at Killeline Nursing Home, said that the music is played throughout the home and has had a “very positive” impact on residents.

“We play the music in all our units – general nursing, dementia and acquired brain injury. So far the findings have been very positive, particularly with residents who experience stress, anxiety, agitation and insomnia.

“The music has a very soothing effect and enhances the quality of life of the residents without resorting to the use of extra medication.

“We have found that the music seems to create an atmosphere of calmness and some employees have reported feeling relaxed themselves, as a result of the music in the background”.

Mr Levine holds a Bachelor of composition from Sydney University, and his music is available online or from a number of health food stores across Munster.

For those looking to quieten their children or take a break from the stress of everyday life, and who feel like trying ‘alphamusic’ out for size, the cds are available from Horan’s health food in Listowel, or from Eats of Eden on Thomas Street in Limerick.

Alternatively, visit the www.silenceofmusic.com, on info@silenceofmusic.com