June is another busy month here at Maristhill, filled with a range of activities and events. Several of these happenings involve music, including a performance by a Ukulele Group, sing-a-longs, Father’s Day Songs with Noah, and a Music Therapy session.
In a past post we shared data indicating the positive impact music has on people, especially the elderly, as it promotes well-being in numerous ways.
But beyond simply making us feel good, there’s evidence that music can be good for our health. Research has shown that listening to music is associated with upticks in immunity-boosting antibodies and cells that protect against bacteria and other invaders. In addition, based on studies at Ashford University, music has proven to be effective across a variety of treatment scenarios for conditions ranging from depression to Parkinson’s disease, and can even impact our memory performance.
Several other research projects, including one published in Psychology Today, explain how music stimulates brain chemicals that are associated with good feelings, improved mood, as well as reduced stress and agitation. Another study on seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia showed that music can sometimes elicit positive feelings.
So, sing us a song!