Music Therapy for the Elderly

Posted by ComForCare on April 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

music-therapyFor people of all ages, music often arouses various emotions, sensations and memories. Especially for the elderly, music can help bring them back to pleasurable times in their life reminding them about experiences they had throughout their younger years. 

Music Therapy Helps the Elderly

Several studies have been done on music therapy and the elderly, mostly in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, and general Geriatrics. Studies suggest music helps elderly patients with chronic pain, cancer, hearing impairment, or those who have recently gone through a surgery or have lost a loved one.

11 Ways Music Heals the Body and the Mind

In a recent article on Huffington Post, editors discuss 11 Ways Playing and Listening To Music Help Both Body and Mind:

  1. Eases anxiety in Cancer patients
  2. Reduces stress
  3. Helps during surgery
  4. Protects your ears’ sound-processing abilities
  5. Boosts heart health
  6. Soothes pain
  7. Helps memory
  8. Protects the aging brain
  9. Prevents heart transplant rejection (in mice so far)
  10. Improves stroke recovery
  11. Works as well as a massage at lowering anxiety

What affect does music have in your life?

Topics: Aging

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