Using Music With Older Adults During Covid-19

Using Music With Older Adults During Covid-19

Shared By Cindie   United States

Found In: Activities Coronavirus: Covid-19

The infographic provides activity suggestions for using music with older adults for the purpose of:  cognitive stimulation, reminiscence, socialization, maintaining / strengthening relationships, exercise, emotional health, and quality of life.
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From infographic: Stay Well With Music During Covid-19: A guide to music for your older loved one. Hannah Pulver-Knowles, Rou Ma, and Qiqi Zhang. 2020

This infographic intended for public dissemination was designed by my classmates who are Masters of Music Therapy students at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA, USA).  JPG and PDF versions are at attached.

Purpose:

The infographic provides activity suggestions for using music with older adults for the purpose of:  cognitive stimulation, reminiscence, socialization, maintaining / strengthening relationships, exercise, emotional health, and quality of life.

Safety:

Music can bring back DIFFICULT memories or feelings so watch closely for evidence of agitation, sadness, fear, anxiety, grief, stc.

Background:

Research shows music stimulates memories which can help older adults reminisce or retrieve other memories. ***It can also bring back DIFFICULT memories or feelings so watch closely for evidence of agitation, sadness, fear, anxiety, grief, stc.

Research also demonstrates listener PREFERRED music can stimulate release of chemicals that improve mood (dopamine), reduce pain, reduce anxiety, and promote calm, relaxation, and sleep.

The body naturally moves to music - just watch young children! Moving to music is a great way to get some exercise which is another way to increase "feel good" (endorphines) brain chemicals. Exercising to music also reduces the amount of perceived effort.

And of course music is an import part of how humans socialize. Listening to, talking about, or making music with others helps us feel connected which is important for emotional health. Connecting with others promotes release of oxytocin, which in turn promotes closer bonding as well as relaxation.

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Gwyneth 26th May 2020 Volunteer
This is a wonderful segment, one I totally I agree with. I have been a volunteer for over 30 years, in all categories, still volunteering, but nearly all my volunteering years I have introduced music to the people I am caring for. learning the piano, at 8 years taught the old way, scales, scales, scales, , but for many many years playing "down memory lane songs, " It works magic, not only for the ones you are looking after but for yourself as well. The thing is with me , an oldie, late 80's I remember all the really old songs, have a collection of wonderful "down memory lane" songs plus all my sheet music for the piano, I am never happier than playing this old time for myself, and lucky enough to be still passing it on to other oldies. Thanks once again for your .segment. Covid 19 music activities
Talita 1st Jun 2020
You are an inspiration Gwyneth! I love playing my piano too.
Cindie 3rd Apr 2020 Music Therapist
A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: Using Music With Older Adults During Covid-19
Talita 6th Apr 2020
Wow Cindie, thank you for sharing! This is an amazing resource x
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