For the average adult, it’s easy to take the music we hear for granted. Probably because we have heard thousands of different songs and artists over the years! However, you may come to look at music differently after you learn it can be a medicine for the mind of seniors in home care – especially if a senior is struggling with cognitive ability or memory loss. Music therapy provides several health benefits for seniors. Read on below to learn about them!
Decreased Pain from Chronic Illness
To get things started, we’re going to discuss the physical health benefits of music therapy. While music provides many positives for the mind, there are just as many good things it does for the body. Research has found that there is a positive correlation between listening to music and physical activity. So when seniors listen to music while exercising, they’re more likely to push themselves to greater limits and for a longer period of time. And as many of us may know, physical activity will lead to better physical health and longevity.
Listening to music also improves seniors’ immune function and helps to alleviate pain associated from chronic illnesses. Music and physical activity both help lower the stress hormones produced by our bodies, so the more physical exercise seniors perform, the less likely they are to get stressed out, which means their immune function will increase.
Stimulates the Brain and Improves Mood
Music most importantly helps seniors in home care by stimulating their brains. We mean literally stimulating it — a senior’s brain will respond to therapeutic music! If you’re wondering how, it’s because music acts as a complete mental workout for the brain. Listening to (and playing) music improves seniors’ mental alertness, quality of sleep, memory, and mood!
Music is so great at stimulating the brain that it even elicits hits of dopamine to create positive emotions in the reward center of the brain. This leads seniors to feeling a sense of elation and allows them to reduce stress and anxiety. When seniors listen to music, they can experience decreased cortisol levels and prevent their heart rate and blood pressure from rising. So long, stress!
Let’s also take a moment to note how much happier music makes seniors feel. Music therapy is great for encouraging social interaction, relieving boredom, and calming the nerves – All important contributors that keep feelings of loneliness, isolation, and depression at bay.
Would you like to learn more about the health benefits of music for seniors in home care? Need more information about our senior care services? Just call Home Care Assistance to schedule your consultation!