EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A UW-Eau Clair Therapy class is helping seniors at an assisted living facility get moving. Professor Lee Anna Rasar says she’s teaching her students the technique of patterned sensory enhancement. It helps seniors at Dove Healthcare South in Eau Claire move by associating each music note with a movement.

This is the first time the course is offered for music therapy students and the facility’s activity director, Mandy Alvar, says the four weeks of music therapy have done wonders for the residents. “From a physical, cognitive, social, emotional perspective to see the effects that this particular course has had with, with the residents that I serve here is just amazing.”

Professor Rasar says she hopes to bring the course back next year.