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How Music Can Support Mental Health in Aging

Music is one of those things that everyone at any age can enjoy. Depending on what kind of music you’re listening to, it can make you feel relaxed, happy, excited, or sad. It also has the ability to evoke memories by taking you back to a different place and time. All these characteristics help make music especially important to us as we age. Whether you’re a senior, or you’re providing in home care for a loved one, here are some of the benefits of music.

Benefits of Music for In Home Care

  • Mood Booster — Let’s face it, music just feels good. There’s nothing like a good song to pick you up whenever you’re feeling down. You might even be tempted to sing along or dance, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
  • Stimulates the Mind — Playing music is an excellent way to keep your mind sharp. Even executing a simple song on a piano or guitar is good for the brain, so don’t let those skills deteriorate. If you don’t currently play, there’s no time like the present for learning to play an instrument.
  • Music Calms — If you’re providing in home care for a loved one with dementia, you should know that music can be especially calming. Music can help your loved one connect people and events from their past, giving them a feeling of comfort.
  • Inspiration to Move — No matter who you are, you can appreciate music’s ability to get your body in motion. If you’re working out, playing some high-energy music can provide some extra motivation. Consider buying earbuds so you can add some extra perk to your morning walk.

Incorporate More Music into the Day

If you’re the sibling helping a parent with in home care, it’ll be your job to keep the music playing in the home. Investigate the local events schedules to see if there is a concert they might enjoy, or — if you’re a musician — play a concert for them in their house. Consider signing your loved one up with a music service and then assemble some playlists just for them. Anything you can do to make their household a musical one can dramatically improve their quality of life.
If you have any questions or would like some help with your family’s in home care needs, contact the experts at Home Care Assistance of Dayton, OH, today.

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