Music is an important part of our lives regardless of age or even language. Many people listen to music in the car or around the house. But did you know that listening to music can provide real physical and mental health benefits as you grow older?
The benefits of music
Improve overall health
Listening to music has an enormous impact on our mental health. It helps reduce stress and anxiety. Research has shown that music can help people recover faster from a stroke. An Oxford University study suggests that listening to classical music can even reduce blood pressure.
Reduce the experience of pain
Another benefit of music is that it can decrease the feeling of pain from medical procedures or chronic illness. Listening to music can help you manage pain with fewer medications or reduce depressive symptoms after surgery.
Music makes you happy
This statement is true regardless of age but holding on to positive thoughts and emotions is crucial as we age. Listening to music can make you feel younger and take you back to joyful times spent with friends and family. Playing songs from your youth can also stimulate memory with the power of nostalgia.
Ways to enjoy music
Music does to the brain what exercise does to your body. Staying physically and mentally active is important as you grow older and music can certainly help you with that.
How can you enjoy music as you grow older? Go to nearby concerts or watch recorded ones on Youtube. You can even learn to play an instrument! Music as a hobby can work wonders for your memory, health, and help you socialize with others in a group setting.
Of course, the easiest way to enjoy music is to create customized playlists of all your favorites. So go ahead and start the music!
Here are some must have artists in your playlists:
- For fans of the 30s: Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Glenn Miller
- For fans of the 40s: Doris Day, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennet
- For fans of the 50s: Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis
- For fans of the 60s: Simon & Garfunkel, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles