Benefits of Music Therapy for Seniors, Healthy Aging, Dementia & Alzheimers

Emotional Goals

  • Addresses positive changes in emotional states
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem through successful music experiences
  • Reduces agitation, stress, and anxiety
  • Reduces depression
  • Provides means of distraction and temporary relief from pain and discomfort

Spirituality & Identity Goals

• Enhances faith and spirituality
• Promotes creative and self expression when verbal and mental abilities may be deteriorating
• Provides support, acknowledgement, and validation of beliefs, values, thoughts, and ideas.

Socialization & Communication Goals

• Promotes community, social interaction, and group cohesion

• Increases awareness to environment and others

• Enhances social and emotional skills • Decreases behaviour problems (ie. agitation, aggression, anxiety)

• Increases attention and focus

Cognitive Goals

  • Triggers memories as music is one of the last memory centres of the brain to deteriorate with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Enhances in recall and language skills
  • Enhances visual perception and sensory processing
  • Provides cognitive stimulation to deteriorating brain areas and neural pathways

Mobility & Movement Goals

  • Improves fine and gross motor skills
  • Improves mobility and coordination of movement
  • Enhances visual motor skills
  • Improves relaxed states with individuals who are agitated, stressed, anxious, or in pain