WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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he was a widower and a retired police officer who had seen many ugly things in the course of his career. But as his days were com- ing to a close, it was a family secret that kept him from finding peace. Then he met Lisa Kynvi, a music therapist with Care Dimensions, a hospice and palliative care agency that cares for patients in Wellesley and surrounding communities. Performing songs for him made pop- ular by Frank Sinatra, Kynvi won the man's trust. "Music is the magic pill," says fellow therapist Sally Harrison of Weston. "It's not anything you're saying … It's the experience of music, which is an amazing thing." Increasingly, music therapy is working its magic as part of hospice, palliative, and rehabilitative care. It can ease pain, awaken memories, lift spirits, improve motor skills, and—as we'll see with the retired police officer—clear emotional roadblocks. "Music stimulates many parts of the brain simultaneously, espe- cially live music," says Harrison, who teaches music therapy at Lesley 98 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7

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