Jordanian Music therapists spark joy in retirement home

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RETIREMENT HOME RESIDENT, RIDWAN JABER, SAYING:

"This music makes me feel relaxed and it takes away all the problems that I used to think about.”

These elderly Jordanians are enjoying musical therapy

Location: Amman, Jordan

Maysaa Abu Lughod and Lana Mushtaq provide music therapy sessions

to a group of seniors living in a retirement home

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN MUSICIAN, MAYSAA ABU LUGHOD, SAYING:

"The interaction was great when we first came here. The smiles and joy on their faces encouraged us to come back more than once. It is a great idea."

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN MUSICIAN, MAYSAA ABU LUGHOD, SAYING:

"Music therapy is a healthy treatment. It targets the mind and it helps people socially, mentally, physically and spiritually. It is not very popular in Jordan, but I hope that there will be more awareness about it soon."

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