Benefits of Music Therapy
Over the past decade, more and more research has revealed the benefits of music therapy on elders, especially those challenged by declining cognitive skills, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of dementia.
Psychologists, gerontologists, and other medical professionals are scrambling to find tools with which to increase our life expectancy and to provide a higher quality of life in our last years.
What researchers noticed again and again, are the mental,
emotional, medical, and spiritual benefits of the music therapy on the
aging population, wherever they live.
Although many patients suffering from depression and cognitive decline might lose the ability to talk or make new memories, few of them lose the ability to hear music and be moved by the beauty of the sound.
Historically, music is known to move the emotions and to nourish body and soul the benefits are numerous.
Among those benefits:
- Regularly playing a musical instrument can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by up to five years.
- Singing increases quality of life for senior populations.
- Music therapy sessions improve elders’ mood and cognition more than just social activities.
- Individuals show more interest, greater sustained attention, more enjoyment, and greater self-esteem when involved in music therapy.
- An active and creative life makes it easier to face adversity, including the loss of a loved one.
- Creativity reinforces essential connections between brain cells, promotes well being, and boosts the immune system.
- Creativity reduces the need for psychotropic medications.
- Music-making is therapeutic, especially for Alzheimer’s patients, it stimulates cognitive activities and decreases anxiety.