No one needs to be a professional musician or opera singer in order to enjoy music. Across the history of human life, music has had multiple purposes, evoking memories and feelings, cheering people up, and also comforting them when they are down. Music can help shift the mood almost immediately.
Growing old can be an overwhelming time for many people as older adults are more likely to experience medical conditions. The change in lifestyles can also bring about financial worries, mobility problems, and other age-related concerns that can affect mental and emotional well-being. Music therapy can help to alleviate some of these issues. Here is more information on the benefits for older adults.
Improve Cognitive and Speech Skills
Music therapy can help older adults to process their memories and thoughts, allowing them to better their ability to remember just by listening to certain songs. For many individuals with dementia, positive responses have also been shown when they are introduced to music from their childhood even though communication is not possible.
This means that by having ongoing music therapy, older adults might also find that they are more motivated to communicate. Whether it is through music or by slowly attempting to sing along or ask questions, music is a powerful tool.
Both older adults and their caregivers have to deal with and manage many feelings of agitation and stress. By choosing songs that are ballads or lullabies, it can create a soothing environment at home during certain times of day like bedtime or stressful moments. On top of this, you might find that playing enjoyable slow music around the house may help with overall relaxation and tampering with aggression during the day. Using music to bond and create shared memories is also a way for both you and your loved one can escape the burden and responsibility of daily life and just enjoy the music during the day.
Enhance Physical Skills
On top of the other benefits, music therapy has been shown to help older adults make progress concerning mobility and physical therapy as well. Playing rhythmic music can motivate older adults to move along, whether it is by simple actions like clapping or swaying to the beat, or complex options like wanting to play an instrument or picking up dance exercises like Zumba. This can help improve an individual’s mobility or even encourage them to be more active and build their stamina. This can have tremendous benefits on their physical health, promoting better blood circulation and exercising more muscle groups.
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If your loved one has been struggling to cope with social isolation, overwhelming negative emotions, or deteriorating health condition, it might be time to consider a placement with a senior assisted living community. Not only will they get the round-the-clock assistance and support that they need, but they can also enjoy access to exclusive senior living programs that make exciting events and activities available right at home in our community.
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