The Therapeutic Benefits of Music

by MPC Foundation

Have you ever noticed that your mood has changed based on how you are listening? You are never alone when you listen to music. You can have positive vibe music in the morning to start your day, listen to the soft rock to raise your energy levels while you have a nice full lunch and some classical in the evening to welcome the dinner time. Feeling sluggish after music or just don't want to be together later. Spending a productive day at the office.

Along with all the magical things music can bring into our lives such as lifting our spirits and taking us on an unsafe journey of memory lanes, we have first of all experienced the benefits of music for our mental health. Sharing music from grandparents to parents and children gives a sense of passing through traditions and unites families. Overall, music creates a sense of well-being and the importance of existence.

Significant research has been done that supports the use of music in therapy. Research by Clark, Lipe and Blibery (1998) found that using favorite music while bathing and using the restroom significantly reduced the aggressive behavior of people with dementia. Research has shown that music promotes entertainment, reduces anxiety, and relieves anxiety (Sole 2010) has been shown to be effective in reducing music movement, anxiety and depression levels, as well as conversations. , Participating in group activities and. Improving the quality of life (Dr. Sienna Caspar, 2017). The study found that music-related activities were more involved than any other activity (Cevasco, 2010).

Much research has also been done to highlight the benefits of music for seniors. Music and sound therapy can stimulate the body's natural chemicals (opium and endorphins) to stimulate a feeling of well-being, depending on the type of music. The result is improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, reduced pulse rate and breathing. Music and sound therapy are used to treat stress, grief and depression. Listening to or singing songs has been shown to provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease. Did you know that people with dementia often have no difficulty memorizing the lyrics and melodies of their favorite songs or music? This is because musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer's disease because the areas of the brain associated with musical memory are not comparatively damaged by the disease.

Therefore, music can play an important role in the health of the elderly, especially those whose quality of life is negatively affected by dementia. The use of music therapy is now an integral part of programming in most long-term care facilities as it has had a positive effect on physical, mental and cognitive skills. According to Bethany Care Homes, “Whether it is listening to formal music, playing an instrument, or singing to a favorite tune, participating in music therapy can have a profound effect on the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of the elderly.