Military Hospital Implements Music Lessons to Help with Brain Injury Recovery

Military Hospital Implements Music Lessons to Help with Brain Injury Recovery

Patients at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., will have a chance to see whether learning or playing an instrument can improve cognitive function and motor coordination in those with a brain injury or disease. Officials with the Intrepid Center, or NICoE, announced Nov. 16 they will expand the facility’s therapeutic arts program to include music.

The therapy will be offered as part of Operation Homecoming, an initiative co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts that explores the healing power of the arts, including writing, drawing and painting. It will be available to the roughly 240 patients seen at the NICoE each year as well as Walter Reed outpatients who have a traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other neurologic conditions.

The program will be evaluated clinically to determine whether it should be expanded to other military treatment facilities and brain injury centers nationwide, according to Rear Adm. Alton Stocks, Walter Reed’s commander.

 

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