Importance of Learning Music in Old Age: Top 5 Benefits
Posted by Jonathan M. McCoy on 29th September 2020

You all must have felt the cheer and joy music brings – not just as children, but also as adults and at an elderly age. Surprisingly, the effect you see is not your mind game. For years, thousands of studies have been carried out and concluded the effectiveness of music therapies for people of all ages.

The greater benefit has been seen amongst individuals with special needs and the ones that stepped into the retirement phase. Common problems such as stress, depression, chronic pain, dementia, and even autism have reportedly cured or at least elevated to some extent, with overall well-being becoming better.

Here is how music lessons have helped and continue to contribute to the health status of seniors –

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  1. Improved Alzheimer and Dementia Symptoms

Indulging in music activities provide great relief and comfort to older people suffering from severe memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Creating their favorite playlists, using a sing-along DVD, or simply singing along family members give them engaging and powerful stimuli and as a result, their thinking, mood levels, sensory processing gets better with time.

  1. Motivated Exercise Routine

We all know how much regular walking and exercising is important for the betterment of older family members but because at times it can be monotonous and tiring, playing their favorite songs along can motivate them to indulge in more physical activity. In fact, people of all ages can walk, run, dance, and stretch more, which in turn helps improve strength, flexibility, and heart health.

  1. Reduced Isolation

A long list of health problems can make even simple communication pretty challenging for seniors. They often feel out of place due to a decline in their speaking skills for which they try to isolate themselves more. However, humming or singing the songs they remember opens up avenues of self-expression and communication that is otherwise not possible at all.

  1. Enhanced Social Interaction

Music always brings people together. Irrespective of what city and genre it is, you can find someone or the other having the same taste as yours. And this works perfectly in the case of music therapies where older people get a chance to connect to other members of their group and develop a strong and positive network.

  1. Inspired Life

Listening to music creates happy feels in older adults. They get moving by dancing, clapping, and singing and can even opt for learning a musical instrument to make their music. You can even encourage them to become a part of retirement communities that host live music shows or take their members to perform at a local concert and performance.

By harnessing the power of music, you can improve your loved one’s quality of life. So, in case you look after a senior in your family, pick a playlist that is:

  • Fun and familiar
  • Goes with the mood you want to encourage
  • Suitable for clapping, singing and dancing