Music For Seniors Has Answers To Health Benefits

Edited by Rory Clark

Did you know that music for seniors is mental medication, according to Johns Hopkins? Music has numerous health benefits, ranging from increased memory to stress relaxation, motivation, and even pain reduction from chronic sickness. It is amazing that something as simple as listening to music has such a significant impact on your quality of life. 

The Three Health Benefits :

The Mind

According to neuroscientists, music can heighten positive emotion in the reward centers of a person’s brain by stimulating dopamine hits. However, the benefits do not end there. Music can help you cope with stress and anxiety. Listening to music can reduce cortisol levels, lower heart rate, and blood pressure, and prevent increases in heart rate and blood pressure–all of which are biological markers of stress. Stress management is an essential skill for everyone, not just seniors.

Another advantage that music has for senior citizens is that it can help them cope with pain. In a 2013 study, sixty participants with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder, were randomly allocated for listening to music once a day for four weeks. People who listened to music reported less pain and fewer depressive symptoms when compared to the control group.

The Body

Music has many positive effects on a person’s body, in addition to all of the tremendous health benefits it has on the mind. According to a study conducted by researchers in the United Kingdom, thirty people were asked to walk on a treadmill. During the study, there was motivational synchronized music in one group, another group had non-motivational synchronized music, and the final group had no music. According to the researchers, music correlated positively with the number of times people were able to exercise.

In other words, music encouraged people to exercise for more extended periods. While motivational music was more effective, even non-motivational music resulted in more exercise than no music at all. As it becomes more difficult for senior citizens to exercise, it also becomes more critical. Music may be as good for the body as it is for the mind, motivating seniors to exercise and enhance their physical health.

Dancing to music can improve an older person’s mobility and coordination while also relieving tension and pain. Furthermore, allowing seniors to be more mobile and self-sufficient increased their productivity and overall feelings of satisfaction. As a result of these factors, many senior centers and retirement communities offer music programs and musical instruments.

Illness Management

Listening to music can be highly beneficial for seniors who have Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine, music therapy increased melatonin, serotonin, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and prolactin levels in Alzheimer’s patients. These brain chemicals link to positive emotions, improved mood, and decrease stress and agitation. Furthermore, the disease’s progression does not affect the brain’s natural response to music.

Music can elicit long-forgotten memories and emotions. Music can sometimes evoke positive feelings in seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Songs from childhood or early adulthood benefit those in advanced stages of dementia.

Listening to music has numerous health benefits for elderly individuals. Music can help elders improve their quality of life in various ways. This includes boosting cognitive function, boosting physical health, and even assisting people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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About the author

Rory Clark

Rory has more than 30 years’ experience practicing elder law, estate planning, asset protection, Veteran’s affairs, and special needs planning. Through his personal journey, Rory not only understands the complex legal issues involved as a professional but also the intense emotional issues as a caregiver.