Music, Wellness, and Aging

Defining, Directing, and Celebrating Life

Music is a metaphor that connects people to a profound sense of life. In his new book, Dean D. VonDras, MA ’89, PhD ’93, and co-author S.F. Madey, examine how music intersects with wellness and aging as humans adapt to life changes, stay engaged, remain creative and achieve self-actualization. Along with discussion of cutting-edge research, the book presents stories and interviews from everyday people as well as professional and non-professional musicians. It discusses individual and social wellness, age-related and pathological changes in health, music therapies, personal resilience and growth, interpersonal and community relationships, work and retirement, spirituality, and the psychology of aging. The case studies show how music, wellness and aging connect to define, direct and celebrate life, as these three concepts allow people to connect with others, break down barriers and find common ground.

“Occasionally we encounter a book that transmits not only knowledge, but also touches upon a deeper level of personal experience. The authors share a history of living with music. They help us reconnect with music, which will endure, with its inspiring, comforting, and reconciling presence.”
—Jan Baars, Extraordinary Professor of Aging, University of Humanistic Studies, Netherlands

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