Music has the ability to bring us back to the past of carefree days and fond memories. Hearing a song you love can bring comfort during times of sadness, and can even turn a bad mood around almost instantly. Music therapy is often used to motivate, engage and cheer up young and old alike.
Aging adults often become less mobile as they age, which can make it difficult for them to get to dances or entertainment venues they once enjoyed. Providing them with updated technology that is simple to use can allow them to enjoy the benefits of music again, despite their limitations. Create a podcast or song library on an Ipad that your loved one can simply push the button and stream their favorite tunes. You will be surprised that such a small gesture can bring enjoyment to their life!
Music can benefit aging adults in many ways. Cognitive skills can be maintained through a song that evokes a memory even many years after an event. For dementia patients, music from their younger years can make them dance or sing. Even when they typically aren’t communicative. Music can also be used to help reduce behaviors. Music also has the ability to reduce stress, for obvious reasons.
Speech skills can be improved with music therapy by slowing the deterioration of speech and language skills. Physical strength and mobility can be improved through music because it can encourage movement. Movement improves strength and balance. Even if your loved one is not mobile, music can inspire toe tapping and clapping.
Depending on the venue, music also offers seniors socialization. It encourages bonding with others, which in turn can help alleviate feelings of loneliness and depression.
Encouraging an aging adult to enjoy music daily is worth trying. Especially if it can help improve their overall quality of life.