The Benefits of Senior Toe-Tapping in Tacoma
Tacoma, the City of Destiny, is becoming more and more popular as a retirement destination for people living in the Pacific Northwest, who are attracted by its exceptionally walk-able neighborhoods, its temperate climate and its rich cultural opportunities. This means that there is a growing demand in Tacoma for ways of enhancing the physical and emotional well-being of retired people, and developing ever more openings for social activity. Recently, those involved in senior care in Tacoma WA have become increasingly more aware of music’s potential to restore, heal and transform the lives of everyone, particularly, older people.
Music and the Brain
The reason music has such power was a mystery for a long time, but recent research has found that music causes increased secretion in the brain of a range of feel-good chemicals, including serotonin and epinephrine. This means that music can reduce agitation and stress, boost mood, and foster better social interaction. Even when people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, music can improve cognitive skills, because the brain is able to respond to music long after other functions have declined.
However, the benefits of music for older people don’t stop there. People who don’t have dementia, but are frustrated by memory impairment, find that a song or piece of music brings back a memory in a way that words could never do. Listening to a favorite tune can be immensely effective in restoring speech and language function after a stroke, and can also dramatically improve mobility — there’s nothing like a toe-tapping tune to get people moving.
So what does this mean for you if you are providing elderly care in Tacoma? The State of Washington has an active Music Therapy Association, with professionals who work in all sorts of settings such as senior care facilities and day care centers, helping older people manage anything from chronic pain to depression or dementia. Music therapy can be prescribed by a physician, and can be covered by Medicare.
Make Your Own Music
You don’t have to be a trained professional to help your loved one harness the transforming power of music. You can make your own music by singing or playing an instrument if you have one, or choose recorded music that brings back memories of happy times — and best of all, get your loved one dancing if mobile, or jigging and toe-tapping in the chair if not. For help and support in this, and for the best in-home care Tacoma WA has to offer, Always Best Care is there for you — just contact Phil Natsiopoulos on (253) 534-9596, or email [email protected]. The compassionate companion caregivers at Always Best Care can provide many services that allow your senior loved one to remain healthy, happy and comfortably at home for as long as possible.