Music Therapy, Physical Activity and the Montessori Method Can Be Beneficial in Treating Dementia

More than four million Americans have been diagnosed with some form of dementia, and for many caregivers and families, the search for information to help their loved ones can be overwhelming.

Hillcrest Health Service’s Director of Quality and Education, Anna Fisher, Ph.D., hosts an award-winning television series, “Now What?” airing on NET Television, which provides insights, information and resources to those caring for elders with dementia.

The eighth episode titled “Approaches in Elder and Dementia Care” begins airing July 10 through August 17 and features a discussion about non-pharmacological options to treat dementia along with the potential of other alternative approaches such as physical activity, music therapy, and the Montessori Method.

The expert panel includes: Dr. Daniel Murman, Associate Professor and Director of the UNMC Memory Disorders and Behavioral Neurology Program; Dr. Cameron Camp, Director of Research for The Center for Applied Research in Dementia; Lisa Summers, Hillcrest Mable Rose Administrator; Grace Knott, PT, GCS, Administrator of Hillcrest Health & Rehab; Anne Steinberg, Lead Cottage Guide at Hillcrest Country Estates.

The one-hour program airs on NET2 World on the following dates listed below and can also be viewed on-demand here.

Air Dates:

Thursday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, August 14 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 17 at 12 p.m.

To view all eight episodes and to learn more about the series, visit

The series is funded in part by Hillcrest Health Services and co-produced with the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives.