October 1st: International Day of Older Persons
Let's celebrate advanced age as a time of appreciation and celebration of life’s achievements!
A strong body of international research supports the use of Music Therapy to help maintain or improve physical, mental, cognitive, social and psychological functions in the elderly. The sense of joy and well-being that music induces has a calming effect on mind and body and is a powerful unifier when used in group interventions. It encourages conversation, sharing of reminiscences and, whilst not a pre-requisite to engage in Music Therapy, it may unleash a hidden or forgotten musical talent.
Music Therapy is proven by research to improve an older person’s overall quality of life:
Stimulates long and short-term memory
Elicits positive physical reactions that reduce the risks of cardio-cerebral problems and high blood pressure, promoting relaxation and stress management
Provides the enjoyment of participation and promotes engagement, social interaction and a sense of belonging
Enhances self-esteem by providing opportunities for choice and control
Improves mood, motivation, and overall well-being
Decreases levels of stress and agitation
Improves relaxation, sleep patterns and nutritional intake
Promotes sensory and intellectual stimulation
Helps with reality orientation (time, place, person recognition) and information recall
Provides an alternative means of communication when cognitive and language abilities are reduced.