We all know that music has the power to affect our moods and change our perspectives. A favorite song can suddenly put a spring in our step, and “daunting” music can turn a seemingly beautiful beach day into what feels like terrifying, shark-infested waters. (If you’ve seen Jaws, you know what we mean!) The emotional connection we have to songs, tunes, and movie scores is undeniable and we can use it to our advantage at any stage of life.
We often tap into its power for our youngest family members – by way of simple nursery rhymes and songs to help toddlers learn, and parent-and-tot music classes to help form unbreakable bonds. But what about our oldest loved ones? Yes, they can also benefit from the hopeful and healing power of music.
Besides bringing back our merriest moments (don’t miss our nostalgic holiday song list if you’re still feeling festive), music has many other benefits.
Music encourages connection. That’s one of the reasons our LCB Communities have Happy Hour gatherings with professional piano players. In fact, musically-trained residents are invited to play their community’s piano (guitars, or other instruments) at any time, should the mood strike them.
Some communities have even created choir groups that perform at holiday gatherings and community events. These residents come together to sing – of course – but also for the camaraderie and the joy of creating music together.
Music can promote physical activity. A catchy beat can get toes tapping, hands clapping, and might even encourage some seniors to get up and dance. Any and all levels of healthy activity are welcome in our senior living community. If the music calls to us, we’ll bust a move. (Check out this fun TikTok video that one of our communities made!)
Music can be a very powerful tool for memory care. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, studies have shown that music therapy helps to stimulate the brain, which can help improve memory function. Within our Reflections Memory Care Communities, we’ve seen first-hand how our musical programming provides a great service to our residents. It can also help relieve stress, reduce agitation, and increase healing – all which can also improve behavior and even communication.