Music can help the elderly thrive

Music is known to have so many benefits for people of all ages. Even people with dementia benefit greatly from listening to music.

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Music offers many benefits to seniors. Photo: Olly2, Bigstock.

Most people love to listen to music, whether it be at work or while doing the housework. But the benefits of music go far beyond just listening to your favorite songs. It’s a powerful resource that few of us have tapped into, but that is changing.

There is a wealth of programs such as Kindermusik already available for infants and preschoolers which provide stimulating music combined with movement. These programs influence a child’s brain development and language skills.

Research shows that those who have music as a part of their life from an early age are better at maths and literacy. Until recently, there was nothing out there for seniors.

An organisation called Music and Memory have conducted research into the benefits of music for older individuals which will revolutionise the way carers and staff interact with the elderly. They have created a program to help the elderly in nursing homes regain their quality of life.

The Music and Memory began in the united States, but has since expanded to Australia and other countries. The aim of Music And Memory is to provide a custom playlist of songs that are meaningful to the elderly patient. Caregivers and staff are trained using a series of webinars on the best techniques to administer these playlists to gain the maximum benefits.

The power of music goes far beyond your emotional and mental state. Listening to to music will help you feel better and uplift you. It can also help you heal from trauma and physical problems. Music therapy uses many techniques to promote relaxation and healing. If you suffer depression and anxiety, music therapy can help you overcome these.

Music and Memory take this one step further. Studies have recently shown that people with dementia benefit greatly from listening to music. It keeps patients calm and enables the elderly to remember things from their childhood. And that’s not all.

Patents become much calmer after being introduced to a personalised playlist of songs. They will start to sing along to the music, communicate more effectively and become more awake. If you would know more about this unique approach, there is a list of providers that offer this us service on the Music And Memory web site.

Carers can start the process right now by creating playlists of music that your loved one likes and encourage them to listen via headphones.