Researchers are just now beginning to understand the power of music therapy in senior memory care. Music has a powerful effect on the mind and body, and music therapy holds countless benefits in the mission to keep seniors aware and active.
Music And Memory
Multiple studies have shown that music facilitates increased mental activity in seniors with dementia. In much the same way that smell can trigger memories, hearing familiar music can stimulate powerful memories and feelings in seniors. Songs from their past help them remember and reconnect with their lives and loved ones, while a shared memory of the era a song brings to mind can help facilitate conversation and friendship among groups of seniors.
Music And Relaxation
Music can act not only as a stimulant for mental activity, but as a relaxing force as well. Listening to soft, soothing music can help put the mind at ease, allowing seniors to get the rest and relaxation they need. Music helps the mind to wander, letting the imagination run wild while helping the brain to keep active even as it relaxes. This, in turn, can help improve memory and other cognitive abilities in seniors, which is an increasingly important aspect of memory care.
Music And Motor Skills
Music is a fun and easy way for seniors to socialize and engage in activities to help keep motor skills sharp. Whether they have experience playing an instrument or not, it has been proven that seniors can benefit from playing simple instruments such as keyboards, tambourines, recorders, and guitars. Learning to play a song, new or old, on an instrument helps develop a sense of rhythm and requires the body and brain to remain active during the learning process.
Music therapy is only one part of the specialized memory care your loved one can receive at Governor’s Glen. Our caregivers specialize in the very best care to enable seniors to enjoy their lives to the fullest. For more information on our programs and services, visit us on the web or call us at (678) 954-2372.