What is Music Therapy?
Music is magical in reaching seniors, particularly those who are very frail, or have physical, neurological or mental disabilities. Singing and dancing are two of the most popular avenues used for increasing strength, reducing pain, elevating moods, improving speech and gait, as well as promoting brain stimulation.
The most profound evidence of the power of music, particularly singing, is in the brain-impaired seniors with diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Stroke and other degenerative brain diseases. It is not known why, but people with memory problems, speech difficulties, and problems with gait, appear to maintain their abilities in singing and dancing.
Sing-a-long is the most popular activity used in senior programs and senior residential facilities. It offers a non-threatening arena for seniors to stimulate their brains and remember not only the songs of their youth, but also memories of people and events associated with the songs they are singing. Music also brings to life the movies, actors and era during which the songs were popular, while providing opportunities for socialization and increased self-esteem.