Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Music for Seniors: Improve Health, Mood, and Sleep

We all have different tastes in music, but there are some songs and musicians that were a part of a very special time of our lives -- when we were young adults. Listening to that set of songs, especially listening without the many distractions of the day, can turn a cold gray day into a joyous stroll down Memory Lane. A set of ear phones or ear buds makes a huge difference to the listening experience. Once again, DailyCaring gives us the lowdown on how music makes a big difference for seniors.

Music improves health, mood, and sleep
Music has many therapeutic benefits for seniors and sometimes helps more than medication! In documentaries like Alive Inside, we’ve seen how music can deeply affect older adults with cognitive issues.

This study showed that in stressful pre-surgery situations, patients who listened to music rather than taking anti-anxiety meds actually had less anxiety and lower cortisol (stress) levels.

Other studies say that music can also:
  • Reduce pain
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Help post-stroke recovery
  • Improve memory and engage people with memory disorders like Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve mood and decrease depression
  • Have an anti-seizure effect
  • Boost immune function
These are all great reasons to make music a part of your senior’s daily routine. As a bonus, music might help you feel happier and less stressed too!

Play the right music
To get these benefits, you need to play music that your older adult enjoys. If they still have their music collection, dig through those albums to find their favorite bands. We’ve also rounded up popular groups from different eras. Start by playing music from their youth and find something that brings that spark to their eyes.

Top hits for every age group
Today, music is widely available through Internet radio stations, at the public library, or through online shopping sites like Amazon. Here are some of the top artists and highly rated “best of” albums from each decade. Click the links to see the albums we suggest.

Top hits for 90+ year olds

Top hits for 80+ year olds

Top hits for 70+ year olds

Top hits for 60+ year olds

Top hits: Jazz
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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
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