As the holiday season is in full swing, so are the many traditional and current Christmas carols found on the radio, music streaming services, in retail stores and perhaps even on our own devices! But did you know that music, and in turn, singing is actually beneficial to our health?
Singing can significantly help seniors afflicted with neurological diseases by improving brain functionality. Singing is also a great activity that produces more oxygen in the blood, improves circulation and deep breathing, resulting in less stress and more “feel good” hormones.
Promotes Engagement in Social Activities
In addition to several health benefits, being a part of a choir or social singing group, even casual sing-a-long activities, can create a positive social network for your elderly loved one. This regular activity builds new relationships and creates something for them to look forward to.
Improvement in Brain Health
Singing can directly impact the emotional regulators within the brain. This can help improve a person’s overall mood by the release of certain chemicals like dopamine. Singing touches on four of the five key cornerstones of brain health: movement (being active), discovery (learning new things), relaxation (stabilizing mood) and connection (networking with others).
Overall Quality of Life
Older adults that sing at home or as part of a group may experience 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
Aas the holiday season can be a source of loneliness and sadness for our elderly, singing those well-known childhood favourites can make a difference in the lives of seniors. Its benefits include the development and maintenance of friendships, increased happiness, uplifting and positive feelings, and reduced anxiety.
So crank up those old favourites and sing along! If you don’t know the lyrics, here is one of our favourite tunes, also ranked #1 Christmas song, you may remember!
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