Music to your Senior's Ears
Music is something that anyone can appreciate. No matter what genre you listen to, most people can find some sort of artist or musical category they enjoy. Music is one of those universal hobbies that transcends age, culture and personality. There’s a reason music therapy has been proven to provide relief and comfort especially to seniors and people with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Shake it up!
For elderly people or seniors who may have an aging disease or even a mobility issue, taking a trip down memory lane with music they love can bring a smile and good vibes. Family members and friends should be encouraged to talk with a loved one about their favorite music of their past or even what they enjoy listening to now.
Make the Ultimate Playlist
Open up a music app on and create a playlist for your mom, dad or grandparent to enjoy listening to. Together, both of you can create positive memories and explore new routes of music. The grandchild will discover a new-to-him or her artist and just maybe grandpa or grandma may discover a new, contemporary artist.
After going on a trip down music memory lane, find a local concert to attend. It could be an outdoor venue playing pop-rock classics, a jazz band in downtown or even a local orchestra. Before going, find out if there are any accommodations you may need to plan around and make sure your loved one is okay with being inside or outside.
Keep it Cool
Sometimes the hot or cold weather may be a bit much for the elderly so plan accordingly and make sure everyone will be comfortable. Typically there are handicapped stations or sittings available so check the venue and often times there will be senior or student discounts. This could make for a lovely evening for grandparents and grandchild or the whole family in general.
Feel the Rhythm
If a senior is pretty mobile and doesn’t have too much joint or back pain, check out dance lessons or a dance class. This can incorporate music and dance and provide a great aerobic and heart-healthy activity.
There are rec centers or studios that offer one style or an array of styles. For instance, ballroom, swing or Latin styles are typically pretty popular. In the south, shag dancing can be easy to come by. You may also want to check out churches that have local dance instructors looking to make a little income and reach a new audience.
Whatever your love of music, go explore your favorites and discover a new artist or two. The love of music may improve mood and memory and provide some feel-good endorphins.