The Drew Nursing Home recently received a donation from the J.E.A. Crake Foundation for the purchase of further equipment to enhance the music therapy programs.
As the primary goal of the Crake Foundation is to provide support for those engaged in study or teaching, the initiatives of the Drew partnered perfectly. The residents of the Drew will now have the opportunity to experience drum therapy.
Heather MacMillan, Agnes Rogerson, Audrey and Allison Butcher, and Perley Wicks enjoy drumming at the Drew Nursing Home.
With the donation, seven drums in various sizes and scope were purchased. Drum therapy is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. Recent research reviews indicate that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and produces feelings of well-being. Other studies have demonstrated the calming, focusing, and healing effects of drumming.
Various therapies have been introduced at the Drew over the years with the support of the Crake Foundation. Favourites have included; the creation of the snoezelen room and snoezelen garden as well as narrative therapy. With these successes, staff at the Drew are excited to introduce drum therapy, with the help from retired music professor, Nancy Vogan and Mount Allison music student volunteers.
A huge thank you is extended to the J.E.A Crake Foundation for the ongoing support to the Drew Nursing Home.