benefits of music on aging brain

Benefits of Music on the Aging Brain

Music has the power to relax, excite, enhance mood, inspire movement, improve memory and bring people together—no matter what your age. In senior living communities, music can be a vital part of social activities, used as therapy or simply a part of everyday life. Here at Country Place Senior Living, we integrate music in a variety of ways to take advantage of all the benefits it has to offer.

Here is a look at the positive role music can play in seniors’ lives and how to incorporate it into everyday living.

Music reduces stress.

Listening to music during regular daily activities — like getting dressed, cleaning or walking the dog — can reduce stress and anxiety. Certain music can also provide a calming effect or act as a distractor from pain, which can help decrease emotional stress levels and ultimately improve a senior’s quality of life.

Music inspires movement.

Ever found yourself nodding your head to your favorite tune or tapping your foot along to a familiar song? Music is a strong motivator for exercises like walking, dancing or stretching. The right music can be a great motivator to get seniors of any and all fitness levels physically active. So, whether it’s getting on your feet and dancing, clapping along or simply tapping your toes to the beat, moving your body to music is an enjoyable way to encourage some gentle exercise.

Music brings people together.

Music can be a way of bringing people together. Music-related activities at Country Place — including dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, listening to music and watching musical performances — can spark discussions and improve connections with other residents.

Music can enhance memory.

Music is often associated with certain events, and sometimes just listening to a song can trigger positive memories from a senior’s past. While music has benefits for everyone, recent research suggests that it can be especially helpful for people living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. With the help of music, many dementia patients experience a boost in brain activity, which can ultimately improve cognitive function.

Harnessing the power of music at Country Place Senior Living.

Music is a powerful tool that can be weaved into nearly every aspect of life. By harnessing the power of music now, your aging parent or loved one will experience improved communication, memory, socialization and overall quality of life.

At Country Place, we offer a variety of music-based events and activities for residents to enjoy. Whether it is music softly playing in our lobby to create a warm ambiance, group sing-alongs and dance parties, live music performances, church services with worship music or a formal music therapy program, we incorporate music into our residents’ daily lives in a variety of ways. To learn more about our community, schedule a tour today.

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