Holland Senior Living News – October 14, 2012

Getting the Facts… Music Therapy

Music Therapy uses all aspects of music to help people improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Music Therapy exercises can help with mental processing and relaxation for elderly people.

Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain can bene-fit from Music Therapy.

The idea of music as a healing influence which could affect health and behavior is as least as old as the writings of Aristotle
and Plato.

The 20th century discipline began after World War I and World War II when community musicians of all types, both amateur and professional, went to Veterans Hospitals around the country to play for the thousands of veterans suffering both physical and emotional trauma from the wars.

The patients’ notable physical and emotional responses to music led the doctors and nurses to request the hiring of musicians by the hospitals.
Healthy individuals can use music for stress reduction via active music making, such as drumming, as well as passive listening for relaxation.

Music is often a vital support for physical exercise.

And the greatest fact of all…

Music is used with elderly people to increase or maintain their level of physical, mental, and social/emotional functioning. The sensory and intellectual stimulation of music can help maintain a person’s quality of life.