HOW DO SENIORS BENEFIT FROM MUSIC THERAPY?
- Improves memory and recall
- Better awareness and concentration
- Diminishes pain and improves recovery time
- Reduces tension and promotes relaxation
- Increases mobility and co-ordination
- Happier outlook on life and higher self- esteem
- Enhances interest levels and social interaction
“Researchers and clinicians are finding that when all other means of communication has shut down, people remember and respond to music. Familiar songs can help people with dementia relate to others, move more easily, and experience joy. Music has the power to bypass the mind and wash through us, triggering strong feelings and cuing the body to synchronise with its rhythm. Music memory is preserved better than verbal memory, because music, unlike language, is not seated in a specific area of the brain, but processed across many parts. You can’t rub out music unless the brain is completely gone.
Music therapy works faster to relax people than any drug, it’s cost effective and has no side effects. Activities like moving to music, playing rhythm instruments, and singing leads to more group involvement and less wandering and disruptive behavior among patients with dementia.
The interpersonal relationship and trust that develops enables clients to communicate their emotions in a way that only exists between the music therapist and the client. Psychiatrists and others in health care are intrigued how music therapists can design a music project solely around one individual, with individual songs, that have individual character, and the healing process that inevitably follows”
Alicia Clair, Professor of Music Therapy.
University of Kansas, USA