Benefit of music for Senior Citizens- Memory, stress relief and many more
There is no denying the power of music given how important role it plays in life for people of all ages. According to John Hopkins, music can be considered medicine for your mind. In this blog we will have a closer look at how music helps senior adults be it dealing with general stress, depression, chronic pain, and even memory impairment. Research has found that music can promote relaxation, improve productivity and lower stress. Below are some of the main benefits that music brings in senior adults.
Music has the power to stimulate feelings of well-being by evoking powerful memories and emotions. Seniors who have trouble remembering recent events may find meaning in songs that bring back older memories, and experts note that music can improve a person with dementia's quality of life.
A study published in the Oxford University Journal, Cerebral Cortex, found that memory can be improved by listening to music. Music therapy can increase brain chemicals that arouse positive feelings in people diagnosed with dementia, Music can lift their spirits and even transform their entire demeanour.
Pain and stress relief
While small amounts of?stress?are a normal part of everyday life, some older adults experience overwhelming stress and tension. Listening to music can prevent increases in heart rate and blood pressure, and decrease levels of cortisol-all biological markers of stress. Studies have proved that music can also reduce the experience of pain.
Improve speech and cognitive skills
Music therapy can inspire individuals who are nonverbal to communicate by singing or humming.
Music also helps with other cognitive functions, According to John Hopkins, if you want to keep your brain engaged throughout the aging process, listening to or playing music is a great tool. It provides a total brain workout.
In a Stanford University?study?on the effects of music therapy on older adults, researchers found that rhythmic music stimulates certain areas of the brain to increases blood flow and improved seniors performance on cognitive tests.
Playing music can motivate older adults to get moving, whether it's by dancing, clapping, or even tapping their toes. Dancing along to music can increase an elder's mobility and coordination, reducing tension and pain. Empowering seniors to be more mobile and independent increased their productivity and overall feelings of satisfaction. In addition to providing music therapy programs for residents, some retirement communities also host live musicians or plan excursions to local concerts and performances.
Increases Social activities
Neuroscientists have found that, by stimulating hits of dopamine, music can actually heighten positive emotion in the reward centres of a person's brain. When this happens, a person will often feel a sense of elation and becomes more likely get social and make new friends. In music therapy programs, older adults are encouraged to communicate and connect with other members of their group, often making new friends in the process.
At SeniorVIG we regularly conduct live music sessions with senior citizens, we also organize devotional songs and regional music events.