Singing for the Health of It!
According to the Music Teacher’s National Association, music helps lower depression and decrease loneliness in older people. Engaging in musical activities can alter moods and outlook. Studies show that music can actually minimize the effects of depression.
Depression is a major health problem that affects many older people. Many older adults spent time caring for families. Careers no longer take up 40-plus hours a week. Social interactions associated with work colleagues are drastically reduced. After retiring from a profession or becoming empty nesters, we have time to participate in activities that we enjoy. If we fill that time with activities that stimulate our brainwaves and give us a sense of accomplishment, our quality of life improves along with our mental well-being!
Singing contributes to health, wellness and successful aging through friendships, fun, relaxation, and reduced anxiety, as well as positive and uplifting thoughts. Studies have shown that music increases mood, energy and happiness while decreasing pain.
So if you are looking for a new hobby, joining a music group is a wonderful choice. Most senior centers offer musical activities. You are never “too old” to sing or play a musical instrument. Consider joining a group - a church choir or bell choir or a senior center group. You don’t need to practice daily - just have fun. Consider your voice as a way to make friends, and you might find yourself performing!
The Rocky River Senior Center offers opportunities to sing with the River Seniors every Monday at 1:00 p.m., no experience necessary. Song sheets are provided, and the tunes are familiar. Tone Chimes meets on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. for those interested in instrumental music. Big Band Boosters meets the fourth Tuesday of the month and will be learning about Gershwin in Swing on October 27 at 1:15 p.m.
Deborah (Bock) Capstick has a B.A. in psychology and M.A. in counseling. She is the Director of Senior Services for the City of Rocky River.