Why Senior Care Should Include Music
Let’s face it, if you are an elderly individual in senior care, you have quite a bit of time on your hands. Smile Senior Care suggests you may want to take up some music lessons. Many seniors find that taking lessons enhances their lives and appreciate learning a new skill at an advanced age.
Learning Music Is Good For Memory
Based on a Duke University study 1/3 of seniors age 70 or older are susceptible to memory loss. Conducted by a team of researchers from Duke University Medical Center, the University of Michigan, the University of Iowa, the University of Southern California and the RAND Corporation, the study reported up to 5.4 million seniors over the age of 70 have memory loss that impeded with their daily routines. The memory loss however was not critical enough to justify hospitalization.
Elderly with memory issues are ideal candidates for music lessons as a part of their senior care. Those exposed to music lessons as a child are at an advantage. The Journal of Neuropsychology published a study stating that researchers found that the longer participants maintained their music lessons, the higher they scored on cognitive tests. The age range of the test subjects were 60 to 83.
Learning Music Helps Hearing Loss
Music lessons are also known to improve hearing loss in the elderly. The study measured their neural responses to sounds and speech. The results showed improved neural timing in those who took music lessons than those seniors who did not.
Learning Music Keeps the Mind Sharp
In a 21-year study, conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, followed 469 seniors ranging from age 75 to 85 who did not have dementia at the beginning of the study. Based off the 2003 published results in the New England Journal of Medicine, the studies exhibited a strong association between cognitively challenging leisure activities which included learning an instrument and a decreased risk of developing dementia.
Another study conducted at a retirement home in Illinois proved that seniors age 70 and above saw a 50 to 70% improvement in their memory only after 16 weeks of learning a new instrument.
The Traveling Music Teacher
If you are under the care of a home care aide and have difficulty getting around, find a music teacher that will travel to your home. Also make sure that the music teacher is patient and has experience working with elderly students receiving senior care.