MUSIC AND MEDICINE
Music is a true lifesaver!! For most people, music is an important part of daily life. Whether you turn on the radio or sing in the shower, I find that music itself has an amazing healing power.
Music was actually the first medicine. Anthropologists have found that humans over the millennia have pursued “Harmony” by chanting, drumming, and rattling. Music therapy in healthcare is the subject of international conferences and scientific studies presently. Music really has started to play a role in various health care settings. Because music can have such an impact on a person’s mindset and well-being, it should come as no surprise that music therapy has been studied for use in managing numerous medical conditions. All forms of music may have therapeutic effects, although music from one’s own culture may be most effective.
Types of music differ in the types of neurological stimulation they evoke. For example, classical music has been found to cause comfort and relaxation while rock music may lead to discomfort. Music may achieve its therapeutic effects in part by elevating the pain threshold.
In older adults with Alzheimers, dementia, and other disorders, music therapy has been found to reduce aggressive or agitated behavior, reduce symptoms, and improve mood, and improve cooperation with daily tasks, such as bathing. Music therapy also may decrease the risk of heart or brain diseases in elderly patients in a healthcare setting.
So if you can, try and listen to some music today, and remember to attend various musical concerts at Evergreen Fountains. P.S. Don’t forget to sing in the shower! Have a lovely day!
DeDe Merritt, RN
AL Clinical Nurse Manager