Top Ways Seniors Can Benefit From Music

Updated: Jan 18

By Karen Weeks

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According to a study on the neural, emotional, and cognitive benefits of music in late adulthood, dancing, singing, playing an instrument, and listening to music are all advantageous to our health and well-being as we grow older. Not only does music support cognitive and emotional health in seniors, but it can also help to ease pain, anxiety, and depression.

American Roots songwriter Grant Maloy Smith appreciates seniors, as expressed in his song “I See You,” the official theme song for Masterpiece Living. People of all ages can benefit from music, but given the special perks seniors can enjoy, explore the following information.

Bringing Music to Seniors

No matter their age, there are a great many things seniors can do to incorporate music into their lives and experience these incredible health benefits. Through Skillshare, for example, seniors can take music lessons online, out of their homes, or in a safe public setting. Many types of music lessons are offered, such as piano, singing, songwriting, guitar, music theory, and so much more. Other music learning opportunities are available through websites like Udemy, Lessonface, and YouTube.

The only possible hitch is if your senior doesn’t have a device capable of streaming music and video smoothly. If it’s time for an upgrade, your first step is to decide what type of computer to get. For the sake of convenience, seniors are getting away from desktops, but it can be hard to choose between tablets and laptops. Generally speaking, Graying With Grace recommends tablets for the portability and ease of use they provide, but you should talk with your loved one and explore your options.

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Since there are so many options nowadays, it can get confusing quickly. One way around this is to get some expert advice, such as through Best Buy’s free consultation service. They also have free delivery on most items, a price match guarantee, and you can use a Best Buy coupon to stretch your dollars. Whatever you decide, be sure to do your research so you get the best product at the lowest price.

With the right electronics, seniors can enjoy:

  • Listening to music while exercising, cleaning the house, getting ready for the day, and cooking meals.

  • Playing music while socializing with friends and family.

  • Downloading a music app such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Bandcamp, Shazam, Idagio, or Deezer.

  • Hosting karaoke nights and sing-alongs with friends and family.

  • Learning a new dance routine each week.

  • Writing original songs or rewriting the lyrics to favorite songs.

  • Joining a local choir.

  • Attending live-streamed or in-person concerts and plays.

  • Teaching music to students, whether online or out of their homes.