New York, NY – The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function believes that everyone should have access to music therapy and the benefits of music -based interventions. To this aim, IMNF has partnered with three amazing tech companies to expand this access. Vera enables caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to select meaningful music to help in everyday care. Point Motion is a digital health startup that innovates at the intersection of music, movement, and neuroscience; dedicated to promoting physical and brain health through providing accessible, fun, and convenient home-based exercises that become healthy habits. Spiritune is a therapeutic music application delivering scientifically composed music tracks targeting a spectrum of mental health conditions ranging from stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and focus to create a more modern, accessible and enjoyable approach to mental health.
For over 25 years, IMNF has been at the forefront of music therapy, serving over a quarter of a million patients with diverse neurological conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for more accessible and innovative digital health resources. IMNF, Vera, Point Motion and Spiritune have responded to this need by aligning efforts to enable access to engaging music-based activities from anywhere in the world.
IMNF’s efforts to embed technological innovation and bring the power of music to homebound people who are seeking engaging programs, are led by the renowned music therapist Concetta M. Tomaino who’s known for her research passion on the relationship between music and the brain.
“These empowering experiences can benefit everyone and are especially supportive to aging adults with movement disorders, stroke survivors, and could also be great for memory care patients, who are looking for ways to incorporate the evidence-based music -based interventions when access to music therapy may be limited.”, Tomaino shared.
The AI platform, Point Motion, uses the power of music to engage users through their preferred music genres. “We aim to serve and empower the community in collaboration with IMNF and leader Concetta M. Tomaino, who has been a great evangelist of digital innovation and has always been an enabler for upcoming entrepreneurs.”, said Aman Gautam, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder Point Motion.
“When I was an executive leader at Universal Music Group, I became fascinated by the idea of music being used as a medicine.” Says SteveHunt, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Music Health. “When my co-founder and I saw the film ‘Alive Inside’ for the first time, we were inspired to take action and quickly learned of Concetta Tomaino’s incredible work. We built Vera with the dream of making precision-music accessible, affordable and easy to deploy for people living with dementia. To be able to partner with Concetta and the IMNF is a watershed moment for our team who have looked up to her work for so long.”
Spiritune and IMNF first began working together during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide stress relief to frontline staff and caregivers. Spiritune founder Jamie Pabst says “we are pleased to continue the work between Concetta, IMNF and Spiritune through this partnership. We are at a unique moment in time to push forward with work that integrates music more meaningfully into the healthcare system and wellness practices, and this partnership is a great step in that direction to provide greater access to music-based care for populations in need of emotional and mental health support.”
About IMNF: The IMNF is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Founded in 1995, the IMNF is driven by over 35 years of clinical observations on the actual effects of music on individuals who have different types of physical and neurological disorders. Directed by renowned music therapist Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, the IMNF conducts research on the relationship between music and the brain, provides patients with music therapy, and offers our professional peers around the world the latest music therapy education and training information about best practices. Through the scientific exploration of music and the brain, the IMNF seeks to establish new knowledge and to develop more effective music therapy treatments to awaken, stimulate and heal through the extraordinary power of music.
About Point Motion: Point Motion is a digital health startup that innovates at the intersection of music, movement, and neuroscience; dedicated to promoting physical and brain health through providing accessible, fun, and convenient home-based exercises that become healthy habits.
For more information, please visit the IMNF website at IMNF – Sound Health | Point Motion
About Music Health: Music Health recently launched Vera (D2C) and Vera Pro (B2B); a proprietary AI/ML app/platform specifically built for the dementia/AD space and used to strengthen the patient & caregiver relationship by using precision-music during the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Vera was intentionally built to be hardware agnostic, enabling anyone with a digital device (smartphone, tablet, computer) to download the service via the iOS or Android app stores. VeraPro is being used across long term memory care communities, hospitals, hospice, and at-home care in the US & Australia.
By using an accessible, scalable & affordable precision-music app (Vera), which takes into account the patient’s cultural & linguistic background, and music preferences, we’re able to activate the long-term, increasing their brain’s cognitive function, which can lead to results such as: enhanced mood, increased mobility (and stability), increased communication and motor skills, and a decrease in behavioral expressions.
Music Health has recently built their API to support other companies looking to leveraging precision-music to promote wellness. Because of our record label relationships, we can provide a robust catalog of music to support a growing number of diseases – dementia/AD, Parkinson’s, Anxiety, TBI, Depression, etc. For more information, please visit Vera (veramusic.com)
About Spiritune: Spiritune, takes a scientific approach to creating music. By leveraging clinically informed, evidence-based research in music therapy and neuroscience from leading institutions like NYU and Stanford, Spiritune has identified specific musical characteristics that invoke certain emotions in the brain. Their scientific advisors and composers work together to deliver compositions optimized and adapted around those musical characteristics to help create music tracks that work harder for your health via their personalized therapeutic music application. Spiritune offer code for IMNF’s clients and community. They can use the code: IMNF25 redeemable when they download the Spiritune app through the app store and enter the code when the payment wall surfaces after subscribing. This code is good for 25% off a yearly subscription (normally a yearly subscription is $59.99).
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