The Power of Music

Turn on some music, sit back, relax and just listen. You may be surprised by what happens next.news-freedom-elder-care-new-jersey-power-of-music-seniors-healthy-aging

If you’re a music lover, then you know how powerful it can be. With just one beat, music can evoke a memory of a special event or person from your past, or it can make you feel like all of your worries have been washed away.

It also has an effect on how we behave. For example, if you want to promote movement and motivation, you can always turn on some fast-tempo songs. Or, if you want to be calm, relaxed and free of agitation, put on some ballads or lullabies to help soothe you.

Luckily, the benefits of music don’t stop there. Researchers at Boston University studied a group of 32 Alzheimer’s patients and discovered that music can improve memory function. During the study, more patients remembered lyrics that were set to music rather than ones that were simply spoken.

If you’re interested in seeing if music can help your memory, balance or basic communication skills, then you may want to check out the following list of activities from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America:

  • Go out dancing or dance in the house
  • Play music that you or your loved one enjoyed in the past
  • Experiment with different types of music
  • Use song sheets or a karaoke player to encourage a sing-a-long
  • Play music or sing while walking to improve balance
  • Use background music while accomplishing daily tasks
  • Perform drumming and other rhythm-based activities to improve coordination skills

Whatever beat you may march to, we hope it inspires you and reminds you of wonderful days gone by.