Most of us have experienced music’s ability to bring happiness, remind us of memories of the past, and provide comfort for people of all ages. For years, elders have benefited from music therapy, which uses musical interventions to address physical, cognitive, and emotional issues.
In fact, in many senior living communities, music therapy programs are offered to help people deal with age-related problems such as general stress, depression, chronic pain, and even memory impairment. Along those lines, we are planning four different music-related activities this month, including two sing-alongs, a “Say it With Music” session, and a musical quiz. In addition, several musical performers will be entertaining our residents, including Kenny G on sax, and Mary Clark, a classically-trained opera singer.
Here are four of the top benefits of music therapy for seniors:
- Stress reduction
- Improves speech and cognitive skills
- Increased social activity
- Encourages movement