I sit, next to the radio, hearing music pouring through the speakers… as songs touch my heart and open me up to feel.
We each have our own individual experience with music, but it is the oldest tradition that has strongly lasted through the ages. For as long as man has been able to sing and tap, music has been used as celebration and has woven its uplifting vibrations into the lives of those who hear its tunes.
I have never met someone who did not enjoy music. Isn’t that interesting? The one internationally agreed upon medicine, music. We may have a preference of style, but we all love music. So, how can this influence the lives of seniors?
Benefits of exercising to music:
- Balance maintenance
- Fall risk reduction
Benefits of listening to music:
Studies on music and its relation to the elderly have demonstrated remarkable psychological benefits.
- A happier outlook on life
- Better social interaction
- Encouraged self-expression and discovery of personal identity
- Enhanced mood
- Improved interest levels
- Increased communication in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients
- Increased positive emotions
- Increased relaxation
- Increased self-esteem
- Reduced tension and anxiety
Studies also show that music benefits:
- Better sleep
- Diminished pain
- Improved memory and recall
- Improved recovery time
- Increased ability to concentrate
- Increased awareness
- Increased mobility and coordination
- Increased overall cognitive abilities
- Lessened need for medication
Give them the gift of music
Find out what type of music your loved one enjoys and create a playlist for them. Find a device that will allow them to easily listen to their favorite songs and artists, set it up for them and teach them how to use it. See what a difference a little music can make in their lives.
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