Music is the soundtrack of our lives: The importance of singing for older adults
Think of the song you loved in high school. Or the song that played at your wedding. Or the song you loved to sing to your baby to calm them.
Music is the soundtrack to our lives. Those beloved songs can stay with us into our senior years, a time when music and singing can be especially vital, as they can have significant impacts on the wellness of older adults.
How Music and Singing Impact Older Adults
Studies have shown that music has many tangible benefits for older adults: improving mood, boosting energy, creating positive feelings and bringing back fond memories.
Besides just listening to music, singing can also be incredibly impactful for seniors. Physically, singing can provide an aerobic workout as it helps to improve lung function, circulation and releases hormones that fight stress.
For those residing in senior living communities, singing can build camaraderie and strengthen relationships. When people find a song they all like and sing it together, it builds bonds and can allow them to reminisce about the importance of that song in each of their lives.
At Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills, we have residents and staff taking part in our annual Prestige Sings! virtual singing competition.
Throughout the month of June residents and team members from across all Prestige communities are submitting videos with weekly voting for favorites until winners are crowned!
For more, or to watch our talented performers & cast your votes, visit prestigecare.com/PrestigeSings.