The Benefits of Music Therapy for the Elderly

Elderly Care in Penfield, NY

Elderly-Care-in-Penfield-NYMusic has long been thought to have a kind of “healing” power. Playing music and listening to music has mental and emotional health benefits and it has often been recommended as a relaxation technique. Though everyone can benefit from music therapy, it can have specific benefits for the elderly.

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy uses music to help promote good cognitive functioning of the brain. Through music therapy, elderly adults can express emotions, improve their listening and comprehension, promote good memory, and improve their verbal and social skills. Listening to music is a big part of music therapy, but it isn’t the only component. During music therapy, elderly adults are encouraged to sing, play instruments, write songs, and even learn how to play new instruments.

How Does Music Therapy Benefit the Elderly?

Music, playing it or listening to it, can help lower stress levels, which is very important for elderly adults living at home. Music can also help fight depression, a condition many elderly adults may face if they are experiencing isolation, disability, or chronic medical conditions. For those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, music can have a powerful impact. This is because music can help improve memory, concentration, and cognitive functioning.

How Can Caregivers Incorporate Music Therapy Into the Daily Routine?

Caregivers who believe that the elderly adult under their care could benefit from music therapy should play an active role into making sure music gets incorporated into their daily lives. Playing music while the elderly adult under their care exercises, eats meals, and does other everyday tasks can help them to concentrate and even to find more enjoyment in the activities. Playing an instrument is a workout for the brain as it uses both sides. Caregivers should encourage elderly adults to play an instrument if they have the interest. It can be an instrument that they already know how to play, or they can learn some basic skills on a new one. Either way has great cognitive benefits. Caregivers should talk with elderly adults about what music they like and don’t like and how certain music makes them feel. Playing music from their childhood or music that they remember from their past, can help “jog” their memory as well as brighten their day.

Never underestimate the healing powers of music. When music is incorporated into an elderly adult’s daily life, their quality of life, happiness, and even cognitive functioning can be greatly improved.

Source

http://www.umh.org/assisted-independent-living-blog/the-benefits-of-music-for-seniors-with-alzheimers-and-dementia
http://www.alzfdn.org/EducationandCare/musictherapy.html
http://www.todaysgeriatricmedicine.com/news/story1.shtml

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About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)