As people age, there are various age-related diseases. They have different effects and some of them impair communication skills and social interaction. Music has soothing effects and this is one reason Music Therapy is highly suggested for use in helping seniors as well as other people with cognitive disabilities. The soothing effects of music are one reason they are commonly used in senior and retirement community’s centers.
We all know that creating music is an artform. In fact it requires true creativity to create music and songs. Think about it. There are so many songs and music pieces in existence today that it is amazing that anything new can be created. But it happens every minute of every day.
In fact I used to think that true creativity was only possible from educated professionals. That is until a bathroom designer who works at Eastern Suburbs Sydney Bathroom Renovations told me that being creative is achievable by everyone. Much like creating a new piece of music, creating anything including a new bathroom requires practice and patience. This is exactly what music therapy is all about.
Music therapy involves various activities such as singing songs, listening to music, dancing classes and in some instances, special musical entertainment. This boosts their emotions as they will enjoy their time more.
- It Inspires Creativity and Mental Function
Through repetitive practice with sing alongs and even humming a musical tune we can all learn rhythm and melody. Music follows patterns and by remembering the upcoming verse or chorus this can improve our memory and mental function. Also with continued exposure to more musical pieces it can inspire our creative brain to piece together odd bits to create a new song altogether.
- It Helps in Rekindling Positive Memories
As age catches up with them, some senior citizens end up feeling sad. They only think of how helpless they have come to be probably due to neglect by the family or suffering from terminal illnesses. Engaging in music activities can rekindle positive memories which will boost their emotional well-being. When the skies seems to be grey, music will make them shine.
- No More Boredom
Seniors become lost in their day-to-day lives. Some have nothing to look forward to. Music can change all this and give them something to smile about. They need something that will add value to their days and music is that one thing. Classical music is known to be quite effective but a facilitator can talk to the person and find out what they would want to hear more.
- Improves Cognitive and Communication Skills
When senior citizens are suffering from communication skills, this can be improved as they sing along to the music. As music is known to stimulate some brain parts which in turn increases blood flow, this improves their cognitive ability. This means that they should listen to music more and more, especially genres that they love.
- Music Calms Nervousness
There is some kind of peace that is derived from listening to music. If a person suffers from nervous breakdowns often, music helps in calming them. Just like you would sing to a baby and it calms down, this is the same thing that happens to senior citizens.
If you have a senior citizen in your home or you are a senior citizen, there are many benefits that you can get from music. Whether you decide to sing along to the best tunes you know, you play instruments or you clap and dance, you will not run out of benefits. Reduce stress; get inspired, improve positive thoughts and calm nervousness among other things.