Did you know that singing can significantly help seniors afflicted with neurological diseases (source)? A recent study found that singing was instrumental in improving the brain functionality of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and aphasia. However, singing can do a lot more than just that! Singing can provide seniors with the opportunity to network and engage socially, while improving brain health and overall quality of life. Learn more below.
Top 3 Benefits of Singing for Older Adults
Networking and Engagement in Social Activities
In addition to several health benefits, being a part of a choir or other social singing group can create a social network for your aging loved one. This regular activity builds new relationships and creates something for them to look forward to.
Improvement of Overall Brain Health
Singing can directly impact the emotional regulators within the brain. This can help improve overall mood by actually releasing certain chemicals like dopamine. Singing touches on four of the five key cornerstones mentioned in our blog How to Improve Your Brain Health: movement (being active), discovery (learning new things), relaxation (stabilizing mood) and connection (networking with others).
Improvement of Overall Quality of Life
Older adults that sing at home or as part of a choir have experienced some of the following quality of life changes:
- Increased self-confidence
- Improved interaction with other people in social settings
- Reduced anxiety and aggression
- Fewer incidences of depression
- Fewer hospital visits
- Ability to communicate even with speech difficulties
- Improvements in the tone of their speaking voices
- Easier breathing
- Improved posture
Singing can have positive health benefits, even if you’re not a professional. Join a choir or sing with loved ones to experience the increased positive feelings, improved quality of life, and overall improved brain functionality. Try it out and let us know what you think!