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

Although not all of the participants were musicians, a significant number reported participating in musical activities with others, such as singing or playing an instrument, at least occasionally.

Approximately 8% also mentioned they had sung in a choir or another organized group a few times in the past year. Similarly, 8% also shared that they played an instrument with other people on occasion.

So, the survey revealed that, overall, 46% of older adults engage in singing at least several times a week, and 17% play an instrument at least a few times each year.

It might not come as a shock that the majority of those surveyed enjoy listening to music, too, with 85% listening to songs several times a week and 80% tuning into musical performances on TV or online at least a few times in the last year. Additionally, 41% have been to a few live music events over the last 12 months.

It is interesting to note that people with more education and higher incomes were more likely to attend live concerts.

The researchers also pointed out that their findings highlight notable variations in music listening habits and the health effects across different demographics.

For instance, adults in poor or fair physical condition, along with those experiencing feelings of isolation, tended to listen to music less frequently on a daily basis. On the other hand, older Black adults were found to be more likely to have participated in choir singing over the past year. Moreover, both older Black and Hispanic adults were more inclined to regard music as very important in their lives.

“While music doesn’t come up often in older adults’ visits with their usual care providers, perhaps it should. The power of music to connect us, improve mood and energy, or even ease pain– like 7% of respondents said it does for them– means it could be a powerful tool,” said Jeffrey Kullgren, the survey’s director.

According to Howell, music also serves as a means for people to maintain connections with each other throughout their lives. In fact, 19% of those surveyed even indicated that music holds more significance for them now than in their youth.

Now, Howell believes that, as worries grow about the health implications of social isolation and loneliness among Americans, particularly for older adults, music emerges as a potent means for fostering connections and promoting healthy aging.

To read the survey’s complete findings, visit the link here.

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