At Hilgay Care Home, we love music, particularly live performances. That’s why we are so excited to welcome the return of Natalie and Dave in March! Natalie and Dave, a singing duo based in Sussex, visit Hilgay Care Home regularly to perform for our residents.
Most of the residents have been staying at Hilgay for several years, so their performance is always eagerly awaited. From old favourites to modern classics, Natalie and Dave bring joy and entertainment with their music. But it’s not just about the entertainment – research shows that listening to music benefits seniors in many ways. If you would like to learn more about Natalie and Dave, as well as the benefits of music for the elderly, then read on!
Who are Natalie and Dave?
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Natalie and Dave perform live music from a variety of genres and eras. From classics from the 50s and 60s to anthems from recent times, Natalie and Dave are always sure to get the residents singing along with them.
Sam our activities coordinator loves the performances and says: “Natalie and Dave are part of the family here at Hilgay, our residents love their performances! We all look forward to the days they come in and sing for us. It’s a wonderful way to bring people together and create memories”. We love to welcome Natalie and Dave, and can’t wait to see them again in March.
However, we don’t just have musical performances for the fun of it at Hilgay (although, they are very fun!). Music and live performances benefit our residents in a variety of ways and we believe that it has an important role to play when caring for them.
Mental Health Benefits of Music for the Elderly
Memory loss and mental decline are common issues faced by the elderly. Studies have shown that music can help improve memory function and boost mood in this age group. Music stimulates parts of the brain associated with memory, language, emotion, and creativity. It can also help reduce stress levels and anxiety for those living through difficult experiences such as physical or emotional challenges ageing brings.
Music has been known to provide a sense of connection for older adults who may feel lonely or isolated. Research has found that listening to music helps seniors recall memories from their past — memories which can be reassuring in later years when much of life is changing rapidly.
Through creating music together, elderly individuals can socialise while focusing on a single creative task. Participating in musical activities often leads to renewed enthusiasm and joy, providing seniors with an additional source of motivation.
Seniors who listen to music regularly can also experience physical benefits. Music helps reduce anxiety, lowers blood pressure, increases circulation and decreases heart rate. Studies have linked music to an improved balance for the elderly – a key factor in preventing falls – as well as decreased pain levels for those living with chronic conditions or illnesses.
Music is a powerful tool that can benefit all ages — but it’s especially important for seniors. With its ability to improve mental clarity, boost mood, increase social interaction and even offer physical benefits, adding music into the lives of older adults can provide numerous benefits. Whether they prefer listening to music or learning an instrument, there are numerous benefits for elderly people who incorporate music into their daily lives.
Article: Phoenix Marketing