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Music Helps Maintain The Mental Well-Being Of Older Adults, With 75% Claiming Tunes Help Them Unwind And Alleviate Stress, According To A Recent Survey

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It’s no secret that throwing on the perfect song at just the right moment can elevate an already great experience or memory. But now, a recent survey conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan has confirmed that this sentiment holds true for people of all ages.

The school’s National Poll on Healthy Aging highlighted the significant impact of music on the well-being of older adults. The survey included over 2,600 individuals between the ages of 50 and 80 and revealed that about 75% found music helped them unwind and alleviate stress.

At the same time, 73% found that music fills them with happiness, and 65% turned to tunes for a boost in mental health and mood enhancement.

Plus, 60% of survey respondents use music as a source of motivation, and 31% believe that music plays a role in maintaining mental acuity.

People don’t need to be singers or musicians to enjoy the vast benefits of music, either. The key is just to incorporate music into your life in any way possible, whether that’s through listening to your favorite tracks, playing an instrument, or even humming along.

An overwhelming majority of those surveyed– 98%– noted experiencing at least one health benefit from music. Additionally, 41% described it as “very important” to their lives, while 48% labeled music as “somewhat important.”

“Music has the power to bring joy and meaning to life. It is woven into the very fabric of existence for all of humankind,” said researcher Joel Howell.

“And we know that music is associated with positive effects on measures from blood pressure to depression.”

The survey led by the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, with support from Michigan Medicine and AARP, gathered data from a nationally representative group of older adults inquiring about their experiences and attitudes towards listening to and engaging in music.

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