Have you ever caught yourself singing out loud? If so, chances are you were experiencing at least some of the many benefits medical researchers have noted over the years. For verification, take a look at the April 2015 edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. It includes the results of a recent study that examined the positive impact of singing on dementia patients. Our Florida home health agency’s staff members were impressed with the study’s outcome. It showed that over time, singing has the potential to improve a patient’s behavior, emotional state, cognition and overall outlook on life.
As such, it falls in lock step with other studies on the benefits of singing. Those caregivers interested in reading a few of the other studies should contemplate picking up an online copy of the March 2013 edition of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the July 2012 edition of The British Journal of Social Work. The first study discusses benefits as they relate to physical disabilities and the latter focuses on seniors. It should also be said that one does not have to be physically disabled or elderly to reap the benefits of singing out loud. Given that, it is no wonder Florida home health agency workers often like to sing with their patients.
Singing at home doesn’t require any special equipment or extraordinary vocal skills. All that’s needed is a willingness to sing and the ability to use one’s vocal cords to make sounds. And yes, even people who can’t use their vocal cords effectively may benefit from the experience. Studies have shown that making any noise in tune with another may be beneficial too. So caregivers are encouraged to include non-verbal patients in routine, musical activities as well. To learn more about activities Florida home health agency staff often use to help their patients live to the fullest, please contact us at Best Care.