Research Showing Music Enriches Lives of Elderly

Listening to music is widely used by athletes to focus the mind and calm the nerves. Music is proven to lift fatigue in athletes and raise oxygen levels in the blood. So what effect does music have on the elderly? Dr. Sacks has conducted tests with people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease who listened to music from their childhood and has seen interesting results. “I regard music therapy as a tool of great power in many neurological disorders - Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s - because of its unique capacity to organize and reorganize cerebral function when it has been damaged,” Dr. Sacks said. Many other benefits, such as decreased anxiety and blood pressure, have been discovered through research.