Music is a fantastic elixir for the soul and a powerful force in our lives. It has always been part of my story from when I was a kid playing the violin in retirement homes. And I’m sure you know very well firsthand how music can brighten your life and also the people around you.
But it’s more than just an entertaining activity. The power of music is widely documented in studies that show it reduces stress, anxiety, and depression while boosting self-confidence and mood.
Read on for four excellent benefits of music for older adults.
Your brain is like a muscle. It works on the “use it or lose it principle.” And music is like taking your brain to the gym since it enables you to use both hemispheres simultaneously.
Engaging in musical activities is a great way to combat the aging brain. In fact, people who go through musical training have shown improved mental health and cognitive function (especially memory and concentration).
Even late-life bloomers’ cognitive functions develop as if they were lifelong musicians. So if you’re looking for a way to keep your brain sharp and active as you age, consider taking some music lessons.
As they say, music is the universal language. And research shows that it truly does have the power to improve your communication skills.
According to a Northwestern University study, music training is linked to enhanced verbal skills. Since you have to use multiple senses to learn music, it has a profound effect on your communication.
Not only does music improve speech fluidity, but it also brings us closer together. As Hans Christian Andersen said, “Where words fail, music speaks.”
Music is more than just a means of collective expression, it can also carry deep thoughts and emotions that would be difficult to put into words.
Which is exactly why the mood-altering effects of music come as no surprise to many.
Have you ever listened to a song and gotten goosebumps? Neuroscience shows that musical chills boost the production of dopamine – the hormone responsible for regulating your mood and emotions.
Your favorite music triggers dopamine responses similar to getting a hug or even taking drugs. And it’s not just about the music genre – new research shows that even sad music can enhance your mood.
Music is even so powerful that it can eradicate stress and anxiety.
Most of modern society is dealing with increased levels of cortisol – the stress hormone. Thankfully, music has been shown to have beneficial effects on reducing anxiety and stress.
Stanford University researchers found that listening to music changed peoples’ neural activity in specific areas related to processing information. The study showed that music’s power can change brain functioning and reduce anxiety as much as medication.
Keep this in mind for the next time you feel stressed out.
The benefits of music are so real, that it’s become a proven form of therapy backed by science.
Try to incorporate more music into your daily routine. Whether it’s when you’re getting ready for your day or winding down for the night, music can really boost your happiness in retirement.
If you’re interested in rewiring your golden years to have more purpose and passion, Cyn helps older adults find clarity and reach their biggest retirement goals. Book a Free 1-On-1 Breakthrough Session with Cyn to see if you’re a good fit for joining her Rewire Your Retirement program.
How do you incorporate music into your daily life? Has music ever helped you through a tough time? What’s your favorite genre?