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How Music Enhances Wellbeing in Older Adults

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Listening to music can bring harmony to the mind and body. Music can calm your aging loved one down and lead to better mental and physical health. Here are some of the ways music can enhance your senior loved one’s wellbeing.

Boosts Memory

The sound of music and the words in the lyrics can often be associated with a specific place, time, and person in a senior’s life. When your loved one hears a song, it could stir memories that bring joy. It is necessary for family caregivers to play relevant and relatable music for their elderly loved ones since the objective is to trigger memories that enhance mood. Listening to familiar music is a good way for aging adults to lower their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. If your loved one has already developed one of these health conditions, listening to music may alleviate the symptoms.

Hiring a professional caregiver is one of the best ways to boost your loved one’s wellbeing. Find out how a caregiver can help your senior loved one enjoy a higher quality of life by reaching out to Home Care Assistance Folsom. All of our professional respite and live-in caregivers are trained in comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and stroke care, and they can also assist seniors with basic daily tasks like exercise, cooking, bathing, and light housekeeping.

Reduces Anxiety

There will be stressful events that take place in your loved one’s life, but it is your duty to help him or her better manage stress and anxiety. Music is a good way to reduce anxiety and prevent depression in the senior years. When music is played, the harmonies can keep the body and brain active, which could boost the release of positive endorphins that fight against cortisol and other stressors. Encourage your loved one to listen to music whenever he or she feels stressed and overwhelmed. The immediate release of positive endorphins could fill your loved one with happiness and joy instead of fear, anger, and boredom.

Enhances Communication Skills

Various age-related health issues can cause older adults to have difficulty communicating with others. However, music can increase concentration and help seniors stay focused for longer. When seniors sing, they have to listen for the right words and the right tone, which are skills that can be applied to everyday communication. You can also use music to strengthen your loved one’s vocabulary and increase his or her non-verbal communication skills. Music also helps older adults with sequencing, leading to more structured sentences and stories.

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional elderly care. Folsom families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place.

Provides Opportunities to Socialize

Remaining socially active is important for older adults. When seniors aren’t social, their mental, physical, and emotional health can decrease. Music provides seniors with better social opportunities. For example, those who join a music class can interact with other people and combat loneliness and depression. If your loved one joins a dancing class, the physical activity may boost his or her energy and prevent diabetes, obesity, strokes, and various cardiovascular issues. Find musical activities for your loved one that can enhance his or her sociability and self-esteem.

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving 24-hour care. Folsom Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. To learn about our high-quality in-home care options, give us a call at 916.226.3737 today.