The new book, Musical Retirement: Enjoy Your Senior Years, is a guidebook to incorporating music into every part of a senior’s daily life. Ivgeni not only shares how facilities can weave music into their daily routine, but he also shares tools and ideas that can help seniors still living at home to incorporate more joy into their days and thus improve their quality of life.
Ivgeni is a nursing professional, trained musician, and owner/founder of Musical Retirement. Ivgeni’s journey began in Russia where he received an education and musical training before he left for Israel where he received education in nursing. Ivgeni ended up immigrating to Canada, where he put his ideas regarding the benefits of music to work. Today, he continues to bring joy to seniors through his saxophone playing and various musical activities. Working with different facilities, his team has incorporated music into exercise, creative projects, and even birthday celebrations.
“My purpose in writing this book is to introduce a new concept, a new way of approaching senior care that encourages them to find joy in their everyday activities. I outline how my musical retirement home functions, but also share how facilities can use these methods to bring music into their daily routine. Even if a facility has a limited activities budget, these tools and tips can be incorporated with just a little work by the staff,” said Ivgeni.
This book dives right into the types of senior activities that music can support. Ivgeni begins with a typical senior’s ideal morning routine, using music to lighten the mood and give seniors a shot of joy at the beginning of their day. Then he shares how music can be used to bring enjoyment to mealtimes, even stimulating appetites. Even those individuals who might be suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s can still benefit from the music as a way to revisit old memories and get them talking.
Ivgeni also shares how music can be a form of therapy, thus helping seniors to express themselves on a variety of topics. For those dealing with depression or other challenges, music can be used to help lift their mood or as a way to help them express the challenges they are facing.
“Music has so many ways it can improve the lives of seniors. Yet, it can also be a tool for those caring for these seniors. After giving residents the option to choose their morning music, staff can use their choice to decern if they need support or just time to talk with someone. For many seniors, this time of their lives is full of loss and transitions, so it is important to give them support,” said Ivgeni.
Ivgeni offers insights on how to celebrate seniors at various stages of their lives, giving those who provide care strategies to make the best of any situation and keep all their seniors engaged. In the time of COVID-19, this book is even more timely, as it provides ways to reduce isolation and increase connection through music.
Throughout Musical Retirement, Ivgeni speaks frequently about the various transitions and challenges seniors are facing as they age, and how music can be used to sooth and also as a stress reliever. This engrossing read is a must-have for facilities looking to provide care that stands out from their competition, while also providing an amazing living experience for their residents.
Ivgeni currently lives in Canada. He runs Musical Retirement, where he and his team provide multiple ways for facilities to incorporate music into the lives of their residents. Additionally, he is working in the nursing field and continuing to encourage individuals to hit play and groove to their favorite music in these challenging times.
With his personal and professional experiences with music providing a backdrop, Ivgeni shows that being a senior does not have to mean the end of an enjoyable life, but simply the next stop on an amazing adventure.
Ivgeni right now opened a Musical Retirement Home Care Agency which provides the best nursing and care management services. Ivgeni and his staff strive to provide just the best care for everyone and their loved ones.” Please visit website: https://www.musicalretirement.com/