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4 Major Benefits to Playing and Experiencing Music

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There’s a saying that music is “the language of the soul.” It means people are universally-connected through music of varying types. In fact, psychologists have found that listening to and performing music contributes to a more relaxed general persona for most people. In addition, experts say music has the power to positively transform mood and generally improve our quality of life.

Given this, it’s wise to seek out and find ways to incorporate music into your daily routine. Keep in mind that it’s not necessary to learn an instrument or otherwise perform in front of others though many people find joy through private music sessions — both performing and listening.

In this article, you’ll discover the many simple ways you can make music a part of your life starting today.

1) Music Therapy Sessions

A combination of music and exercise, music therapy is designed to stimulate mental activity and generally improve mood. Experts in senior care services have discovered that music therapy is an ideal outlet for creative expression, particularly for those people who suffer from anxiety or are in the early stages of dementia.

Proponents of this activity contend that it helps boost cognitive capability and function while reducing symptoms of anxiety or agitation. At the least, many patients report feeling more energized and content following involvement in such a program.

2) Music as a New Hobby

Unlike other activities, learning to play music is a low-to-no-impact pursuit that can be started at most any age. Lessons are available online and through many skilled and qualified professional teachers and mentors.

Some seniors enjoy the added structure that playing and/or listening to music provides. These folks look forward to daily, 30-minute sessions (or more) where they can relax and become lost in the pleasing sounds they hear and create.

3) Music to Boost Brain Power

As earlier mentioned, psychologists assert that music has the ability to improve brain function, including memory retention, cognitive ability, and more.

Researchers believe this may be due, in part, to the fact that reading music (while performing) requires users to tap into neural mechanisms that may not be as frequently used as we age. In addition, both playing and listening to music forces us to simultaneously process multiple senses. Doing so contributes to greater multisensory skills.

Psychologists also contend that music increases blood flow to the brain, resulting in reduced stress and depression while improving functions such as information retention, behavioral impulses, problem-solving, and more. 

4) Music as a Social Gathering

Through the years, musical performances have been a perennial favorite for diverse audiences across the globe. The inclusive and connective power of music brings together like-minded individuals who enjoy experiencing life’s simple pleasures.

It’s easy and fun to get involved with music-relative activities at our senior centers. That includes events such as Ormond Beach dance classes (including ballroom and line dancing), as well as a variety of other programs and activities.  

Browse the ‘events’ section of our website at www.coavolusia.org to view the many exciting options available. Then, drop by one our four senior centers across Volusia County to get involved with exciting events and experience a heightened connection to the community. 

 

 


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