Wahlbangers Drum Circle Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
(based in Los Angeles, CA.) dedicated to
“Banging down walls” of stress, isolation, and stigma
& building bridges to inclusion, acceptance, and contentment
with the therapeutic benefits of group drumming.
There are thousands of articles and documented case studies which support the multiple benefits of community drum circles...
A wide range of articles on drum circles and the aging have been featured in such publications as Time Magazine, Prevention, and Discovery.
The Journal on Active Aging featured the article "Palliative care conference topics include spirituality, drum circles" (Nov/Dec 2009).
For further reading, research, and references, we suggest:
"Elderly Drum Away the Pain" by Catherine Bilkey, Special to The Sun New York, July 14, 2008
"Unlike speech, music is processed in multiple areas of the brain. The limbic system is activated by the emotional response to music, while the elements of music, such as rhythm, pitch, and melody, activate other areas of the brain. Elderly people suffering from the late stages of dementia often show responses to music, including vocal activity, increased eye contact, changes in facial expression, and physical movement."
"Drumming Is An Excellent Seniors Activity."
Drumatic Innovation Drum Circles.
"Synchronized Drumming Enhances Activity in the Caudate and Facilitates Prosocial Commitment - If the Rhythm Comes Easily"
"Why does chanting, drumming or dancing together make people feel united? Here we investigate the neural mechanisms underlying interpersonal synchrony and its subsequent effects on prosocial behavior..."
Drake, Michael. "Drum Therapy - Therapeutic Effects of Drumming." About.com Holistic Healing. 2010.
Friedman, Robert Lawrence. The Healing Power of the Drum: A Psychotherapist Explores The Healing Power of Rhythm. Gilsum, NH: White Cliffs Media, 2000.
Hoban, Sandra. "And the beat goes on." Not-For-Profit Report. Long-Term Living magazine, Nursing Homes magazine. 2005.
Making Music. May/June 2006: Vol.2, Issue 3
Peters, Jacqueline Schmidt. Music Therapy: An Introduction. Second Edition. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas Publisher, LTD., 2000.
"Drum Circles in Context - Implications as a Music Therapy Intervention" - a detailed paper on drum circle therapy vs traditional music therapy by David Armstrong, BMT.
American Music Therapy Association
Here you will find hundreds of articles on related topics. Just click on:
'The Hopping Study' - "Observations on the Control of Stepping and Hopping Movements in Man"
Melvill Jones, G.;Watt, D. "Observations on the Control of Stepping and Hopping Movements in Man". Journal of Physiology, 213, 1971. 703-727.
Retreived from: http://jp.physoc.org/content/219/3/709.full.pdf+html
"Older Americans are largely unfamiliar with this [drum circle] movement and yet these are the people who could benefit the most.
The formation of drum circles among the elderly should be an integral part of any music therapy program...[especially] among the older population now isolated in nursing homes and retirement communities."
~Mickey Hart~ (drummer / percussionist, social activist, board member IMNF - Institute for Music and Neurological Function)
Read Mickey Hart's moving Senate speech - "Rhythm as a tool for healing and health in the aging process."
The Institute for Music and Neurological Function has many articles on: