According to the American Music Therapy Association, “Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”
Research has shown that music provides therapeutic benefits to seniors, caregivers and others. And—you do not have to be musically talented! Senior adults and caregivers can use recorded music in the home environment—radio, tapes, television or computer programs—or choose to participate in group activities in a structured environment, such as senior centers, adult day programs and local music schools. A music therapy professional can also provide an assessment and recommendations.
Music can be used to:
- Relax the body
- Reduce muscle tension
- Promote healing
- Diminish pain
- Increase mobility and coordination
- Promote positive changes in mood and emotional states
- Enhance awareness and concentration
- Strengthen memory and learning
- Inspire creativity and a happier outlook on life
- Increase interest levels and social interaction
Music has been shown to reduce chronic pain and depression as well as help seniors feel more in control of their pain and less disabled by their condition. It is also being used to help promote positive changes in mood for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
If you are looking for a music therapy program, a senior care manager can provide professional advice to help senior adults and their caregivers locate community programs. Senior care management services are available through Touchpoint, a division of Community Home Health Services. For more information, please call 317-621-4664 or 877-621-4660 (toll-free) or visit our website at eCommunity.com/seniorcare.