Music can play an important role in promoting senior health, stimulating morale and fostering intellectual engagement. Elder care facilities can help promote better senior health by sponsoring musical activities and opportunities for seniors.
Studies have shown that music and dancing-related exercise can help seniors greatly reduce their fall risk. A recent Swedish study found that seniors who exercised to piano music greatly reduced their fall risk and improved their balance, compared to a control group that did not.
In addition to physical benefits, music can greatly improve seniors’ morale. Studies concerning seniors and music have found that it can:
- Improve memory and concentration
- Improve communication in Alzheimer’s patients
- Improve social engagement
- Improve mood
- Reduce anxiety
Staff at senior care facilities can use music to promote senior health by having it played in common areas, and by scheduling music-themed activities and events, such as dances, and opportunities for seniors to show off their musical skills. Music is just one more tool that senior care providers can use to keep their residents’ mental, physical, and emotional health strong.
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