Taking music for granted is an easy thing for many of us to do, and it’s probably because over the years, we have heard thousands of songs from different artists. Yet for seniors in home care, music can mean so much more! Music therapy is a medicine of the mind, especially if a senior is struggling with their cognitive ability or memory loss. There are also a host of health benefits that come from music therapy, and we’re discussing them below.
Decreased Pain from Chronic Illness
First, the physical health benefits. While there are plenty of mental health benefits too, music therapy does wonders for the body! Recently, research has found a positive direct connection between listening to music and working out. Being physically fit aids in having better overall physical health and longevity, and when a senior listens to music while working out, they are more likely to exercise longer and harder.
Doing so can even lead to improved immune function and decreases in pain associated with many chronic illnesses. Physical activity and music work together to prevent stress hormones from being produced by the body. So, the more physical exercise a senior can get, the less stress they’re likely to have! All of this contributes to increased immune function.
Stimulates the Brain and Improves Mood
One of the most important ways music can help seniors in home care is by stimulating their brains. Therapeutic music will literally trigger a senior’s brain to respond!
But how, you ask? Essentially, it’s a total workout for the brain. That’s because listening to (and playing) music boosts seniors’ mental alertness, quality of sleep, memory, and mood.
Additionally, music can physically stimulate hits of dopamine, a positive emotion in the rewards center of a senior’s brain, that creates a sense of elation. By listening to music and experiencing joy, seniors can reduce their stress and anxiety, as well as keeping their heart rate and blood pressure low and decreasing their levels of cortisol. No more stress!
Lastly, music therapy is key for encouraging social interaction, calming the nerves, and relieving boredom. Music just makes seniors feel happier! All of these things combined work to prevent any feelings of loneliness, isolation, and depression, which are common among seniors.
If you are ready to learn more about senior care services, or if you need further insight on music therapy, please feel free to call Home Care Assistance to schedule your consultation.