How Music Benefits Seniors
A lot of people, of all different ages and backgrounds love music and make music part of their everyday life. However, listening to music can do more than just spark joy in people, it can actually come with a number of proven benefits—especially among seniors.
Take a look at some of the great benefits that music can have on any senior in your life.
Music is more than just entertaining to listen to, it can have some serious psychological benefits as well. Seniors who listen to music regularly tend to have a better outlook on life. Studies show that seniors who listen to music regularly have more positive social interactions, better moves and improved interest levels in their hobbies and passions.
More specifically, researchers have looked at the benefits of listening to music on seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. These studies found that those who listen to music can communicate better as music is one of the most powerful ways for seniors with dementia to trigger memories from their past. Music is a great way to stimulate the area of the brain that holds memories.
Physical Health Benefits
Seniors who are looking to promote better overall health may find that listening to music can help. Research on music and seniors found that those who listening to music regularly enjoy better sleep, less pain and better physical recovery time.
Listening to music can also help with coordination and increased mobility, which is something that every senior can benefit from. Whether seniors are just listening to music regularly or getting up and dancing to this music, they can expect physical benefits such as this.
Seniors who have recently suffered from a stroke may find some physical music benefits as well. Research shows that those who listen to music regularly after having a stroke tend to recover their verbal skills faster.
Seniors who easily get stressed or agitated can help find stress relief by listening to music. Research has shown that seniors who listen to music during times of stress enjoy higher self-esteem, increased feelings of relaxation and less tension and anxiety.
There are a few different approaches to this—you can play relaxing music for a senior loved one when they are feeling stressed or play a song that was meaningful to them in the past. There are also many seniors who find they can relax better before bed by listening to music before they fall asleep.
Music is an important part of everyday life and is something that is so easy for any senior to incorporate into their life, whether they are listening to music at home, on-the-go, in the car, or anywhere in between. If you are looking for a way to bring music into your senior loved one’s life, consider playing their favorite songs, taking them to a live concert or introducing them to some of your new favorite tunes you think they will love.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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