To provide a way of expression, bring back heartwarming memories, and evoke strong emotions, music is a powerful source. So, it is not surprising that, with this kind of impact, music can be an effective therapy tool.
In therapy, the use of music for seniors has grown tremendously through the decades. Today, in assisted living centers and more, it is highly utilized. Just by listening to music, retirement age adults can benefit greatly. It supplies a level of mental stimulation, provides socialization opportunities, and gives them a creative outlet. In fact, for adults with dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc., it has become an effective tool in treatment plans.
Therapy Through Music
When it comes to music therapy, there are two basic kinds: receptive and active. Anyone can participate because no musical talent is needed.
Receptive music therapy typically involves specially curated live or recorded music used during a particular time period that has been set aside for mindful listening. Choices frequently reflect the personal experiences, generation, and culture of the person involved.
In active music therapy, the person in question is directly and actively involved. It may include singing, dancing, or playing simple instruments. This is particularly beneficial for physical health because the activity encourages physical stimulation.
Music Provides Mental Health Benefits
Mental health can be promoted through music, as can physical health. This, in turn, can help reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Music allows people to express themselves and address certain issues in ways that words alone cannot.
Among older adults, dementia and depression are common issues. For treating both, and to assure a better quality of life, a viable tool is found in music and music therapy.
Music Provides Physical Health Benefits
For older adults, studies have shown that physical health benefits can be provided through music. People can be more encouraged to be physically active with the right kind of music. Whether that involves stretching, dancing, or walking along with the music, more movement can improve the following:
- Coordination and balance
- Bone density
- Muscle strength
- Cardiovascular and heart health
By listening to music, older adults may physically enjoy the following, as well:
- Muscle relaxation
- Improved breathing
- Reduced heart rate
- Lower blood pressure
Enjoy Music Events and More at Hidden Meadows On The Ridge
For the residents of Hidden Meadows On The Ridge, there are numerous opportunities during which to enjoy music. With holiday events, dances, concerts, trips into town, and more, music plays a definite role. There’s always something happening in which to participate for the residents of our retirement community. Additionally, our health and wellness programs may include music to encourage mental, spiritual, and physical well-being.
We consistently provide therapy services, a certified team to provide round-the-clock healthcare, medical direction, wellness programs, and more.
Here are some of the amenities that our residents enjoy every day:
- Ice cream parlor
- Outdoor walking paths
- Chef-prepared meals featured in a private party dining room
- Beautiful bird aviary
- Large fish tank (150 gallons)
- Large activities/community room
- A pair of secured courtyards
- Therapy garden
- Beauty salon
Since seeing is believing, please feel free to view, for yourself, all we have to offer. Schedule a tour here.