Medical Benefits of Music: Part One of Two

Seniors enjoying music

By Stacey Daniels, R.N. at The Arbor Assisted Living Facility

 Throughout history music has been a part of life. Every known culture on the earth has music, and its effects are instant and long-lasting. Here are three ways that music helps residents in Shell Point Retirement Community’s assisted living facilities:

  1. Pain relief: Overall, music has positive effects on pain management. Music can help reduce both the sensation and distress of both chronic pain and post-operative pain.
  2. Speeds Post-Stroke Recovery: Listening daily to one’s favorite pop melodies, classical music, or jazz can speed recovery from debilitating strokes. A recent study showed that when stroke patients in Finland listened to music for a couple of hours each day, verbal memory and attention span improved significantly.
  3. Body movement and coordination: Music reduces muscle tension and improves body movement and coordination. Music may play an important role in developing, maintaining and restoring physical functioning in the rehabilitation of persons with movement disorders.

Assisted living experts are available to answer your questions about Shell Point Retirement’s three assisted nursing facilities. Call 239-454-2077 for more information or visit www.shellpoint.org/assistedliving.

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