Music on our Minds
The Global Council on Brain Health researched and recommends incorporating music into our lives to improve well-being and quality of life in the AARP report.
1. Share music that describes your current life theme with families and loved ones.
2. Solo – or with family - dance, sing or move to music for exercise, clearing lactic acid buildup, to relieve stress and stimulate your brain.
3. Listen to familiar music for comfort and good memories.
4. Try new music to activate your brain differently.
5. Correct hearing loss to maintain brain health, preserve cognitive function, and enjoy music.
6. Make music playing a musical instrument for self-esteem and enhancing brain activity.
7. When unhappy, listen to music to improve your mood or relieve feelings of depression.
8. When many other abilities are compromised through frailty or ill-health, try enjoying music as one of the best ways to engage in a pleasurable activity.
10. Use music to encourage mindfulness and minimize negative thinking. Music therapy is often used as part of cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help improve mood, anxiety and depression.
11. When caregiving, use music the person likes to reduce anxiety, depression. agitation and improve family connections (i.e. dementia challenges).
Here is an additional recommendation from Judith:
1. Explore technology and find new music with expanded access across multiple devices using iTunes, Spotify, Youtube or Pandora.
Access the Global Council on Brain Health report