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4 Benefits Of Musical Therapy For Seniors

The staff and residents at Emerald Retirement Residence in Niagara Falls, Ontario, can all agree: music is a powerful gift. For people of any age, music has the ability to transform us — both physically and mentally. This is particularly beneficial to our senior population.

Music has many therapeutic applications — many of which can benefit retirees. At Emerald Retirement Residence, residents can experience music in a number of ways. Every Saturday afternoon the facility hosts a happy hour event with a live musician or musical group. For those looking for a spiritual experience, they can join the Sunday evening worship and sing-a-long. Residents can, of course, listen to music on a radio or using headphones in their private suites, if that is what they enjoy.

The recreation and activity rooms also have a piano and an organ if residents feel the urge to play. The antique upright piano was donated by a friend of owner, John Lally. It has an interesting history; first originating in Australia and ending up in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Come in to see this beautiful piano. The staff at Emerald Retirement Residence love to show it off.

It doesn’t really matter how music is experienced, as long as it’s enjoyed. Here are four benefits of musical therapy for seniors.

1. Inspires movement

There’s just something about certain songs or melodies that inspire movement. From the simple tapping of a toe to getting up and dancing, music has the power to make us move our bodies in positive and joyous ways. As you age, getting exercise can be a challenge, and health issues may limit what you can do. Many seniors might feel tired or rundown, but somehow their favourite song has the ability to lift their spirits and get them moving.

2. Sparks memories

For many of us, certain songs trigger memories. When seniors listen to the music of their youth, they are taken back to another time in their lives. Music can bring back happy memories, or long-forgotten ones. Musical therapy is often used for seniors with dementia and memory issues, with positive results.

3. Encourages positive socialization

At Emerald Retirement Residence, the music-based activities double as building-wide socials. Not only do residents benefit from singing, dancing and listening, but they also get to do so with their friends and neighbours. While you can enjoy music solo, it doesn’t have to be a solitary activity. Sing, dance and enjoy music with others. It can work wonders for your mental health.

4. Fosters relaxation

Many people believe that retirement is a worry-free time, but many seniors can and do experience stress and anxiety. Whether you’re worrying about your health or your family, having these negative thoughts can have a significant effect on your overall well-being. Listening to calming, relaxing music can ease anxieties and improve your mood. Whether you play a song before bed or when you wake up in the morning, having music in your life can ease tensions.

If you want to learn more about the activities and social programs available to residents at Emerald Retirement Residence, please contact https://emeraldresidence.ca/contact-us/ Jacqueline Smith by phone by calling 905-358-2500 or stop by their facility located at 5807 Ferry Street in Niagara Falls.

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