Soul to the Universe

 

For older adults, music can have a positive impact on mental and physical well-being. At The Village of Bedford Walk we actively encourage our residents, and all those who live nearby, to enjoy and bask in the glory of musical sound.  As many of you know by now, the Roots and Blues and BBQ Festival is taking place at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Missouri on September 25-27, 2015. This festival is not just for the young, it is for all the young at heart people too.

Music is beneficial because it allows individuals to reminisce, relax and go back and relate to previous emotions and experiences. In fact, music opens up a world of memories for those struggling with memory loss. In some instances, music can soothe those who are agitated or anxious.  As people listen to music, they process the beats and the rhythms, and at the same time they are connecting to memories. Although, many may not be aware of what music is doing, music is activating many areas of the brain.

Active brain function is not the only positive for older adults where music is concerned.  A study out Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the Buddhist Tzu-Chi General Hospital in Taiwan shows that listening to soft music at bedtime will help older adults sleep better and longer. The research showed that “older people with sleep problems reported a 35 percent improvement after they started listening to 45 minutes of soft music before bedtime.” People in the music group of this study exhibited significantly better scores in overall sleep quality. These included better and longer nighttime sleep and less dysfunction during the day.

One of my favorite quotes about music and the therapeutic effects is, “Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful “. Thank you Plato, we couldn’t agree more!

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