Over the years, different studies and reports have shown that people experiencing age-related memory loss are able to recall songs and tunes. They might not be able to remember people’s names but they will sing along if you put on a song they know, or even play a tune on the piano or guitar without any mistakes. This shows that music can play a major role in memory care. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that music can prevent memory loss with aging. Here’s how:
- According to recent research, the areas of the brain which process music when you listen to it are at the lowest risk of Alzheimer’s and other mental health problems which can cause memory loss. Music stimulates the mind and enhances the ability to learn and respond quickly to signals from the body.
- Exercising can get difficult as you age. The body gets tired quickly and you cannot carry on for too long. This is where music can help. Listening to upbeat music while working out will keep fatigue away and you will enjoy the workout more. As you would know, physical exercise stimulates the brain, thereby helping prevent age-related memory loss.
- Music definitely has a positive impact on the mood of a person. Play the favorite tunes of a senior and he/she will start smiling or even sing along. With aging, the risk of social isolation and depression increases. As you would know, depression can cause anxiety and impair the memory, leading to anxiety and other mental health problems. Listening to music can alleviate this risk to an extent.
These are some ways music can play a vital role in preventing age-related memory loss. People and facilities caring for seniors in particular should make music therapy an integral part of their routine.
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