Stroke survivors tap into the benefits of music

Your music choice may be rock, rap, reggae or Rachmaninoff, but whatever your beat, music has charms to soothe the savage breast.

Music can lift you up or settle you down. In one form or another - from a solo voice or instrument, to an ensemble of voices and instruments, to the biggest bands, orchestras and choirs - music keeps on making our world better.

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And music, it would seem, has powerful therapeutic benefits. Not just the simple stuff, like putting on your headphones when you're feeling out of sorts, but as therapy in rehabilitation from really big events, like strokes.

While music has been used from time to time in therapy by the Delta Stroke Recovery Association, the group is now investigating the possibility of taking further advantage of its benefits.

For five Thursdays in November, it will offer stroke survivors in the community the opportunity to participate in a music therapy program with Amber Spitkovski.

Sessions will be held at the Delta Community Music School in Ladner. The program is free for Delta Stroke Recovery Association members and $20 for non-members.

For more information or to register for the program, contact Dawn Sillett at 604-946-2731 or dsillett@

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