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Since the earliest times of humankind, people have made music. Maybe this is because human beings are governed by rhythms. They influence our heartbeat, the cadence of our speech, and even when we fall asleep and wake up. Perhaps this is why we are so mesmerized by the wonders of music.
Music as a positive tool for health and wellbeing has become an emerging topic in recent times. From the crafted research and outcomes that Music Therapy has undertaken, there is now a new world of possibilities for using music as a source to improve our quality of life.
One of the most exciting aspects of Glorifico’s offer to enhance communities, is that of using music within Care Home settings. Through the intentional use of specifically chosen material, it’s possible to bring about the following interactions and objectives:
- Promote social interaction such as turn-taking and eye-contact
- Encourage a sense of self through improvised music
- Give an older person the opportunity to reminisce through the use of song and talking
- Aid relaxation
- Encourage the expression of intense feelings such as anger, frustration, sadness
- Enhance exploratory and creative abilities
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Helsinki found that a group of people recovering from a stroke who listened to music daily, enjoyed improvements in auditory and verbal memory, focused attention, and mood. When compared to stroke patients who listened to audiobooks or nothing at all, those that listened to music for a few hours a day regained their verbal skills much faster. The music listeners were also less likely to be depressed and confused—two common post-stroke side effects.
Music helps to alleviate isolation and the symptoms for those living with dementia by helping to unlock special memories. It can bring about reconnection with their loved ones and express emotions and feelings that other forms of communication cannot, even if the individual is no longer able to speak or respond to other people’s words. This is something we passionately believe and have seen at work in recent times within the team.