Music is a truly powerful thing. It can make you feel happy, sad, angry, excited, heartbroken, enamored and virtually any other emotion capable of being felt by humans. It can be medicine for your soul, spirit and mind, with benefits ranging from memory improvement among older adults to drastic stress relief and much more. In fact, research has found that listening to music can:
Moreover, benefits of listening to music for seniors living with dementia include:
It’s clear that listening to/playing music, singing and dancing can have a number of benefits for seniors and young adults alike. While there’s still so much to learn in terms of how, specifically, music can shape and strengthen the brain throughout all stages of life, music is extremely beneficial for the mind, body and soul.
Taking Brain Stimulation a Step Further
While science has shown time and again just how beneficial listening to music can be for the human brain, especially as we grow older, physically playing an instrument is an even better workout for your brain. In one recent study, 13 older adults were given piano lessons, after which their memory, attention and problem-solving skills noticeably improved, as did their overall mood and quality of life. You don’t need to become the next Mozart, just taking a few lessons will provide a healthy workout for your brain.
Here are three additional, scientifically-backed ways to maximize the benefits music can have on your brain and quality of life:
Music Therapy in Georgia
There’s never been a better time to embark on a musical journey than right now, and for those in the greater Atlanta area, A.G. Rhodes provides just the program you or a senior loved one are looking for: music therapy. To view local news coverage of our innovative music therapy program and how the power of music has helped seniors throughout Georgia recover cherished memories, click here. For more information about A.G. Rhodes or to schedule a tour of one of our three nursing homes and rehab facilities, contact us online today.