Top 10 Benefits of Music Therapy: Honor Difficult Feelings

Two hands holding each other. Label reads "Honor Difficult Feelings"

Why music therapy? 

While the answer varies depending on the person and what they need from music therapy, there are several benefits that music therapy provides over and over for older adult clients. This is true whether they are dealing with cognitive decline and/or physical limitations from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression, or anxiety. We’re reviewing these in a video series on the top 10 benefits of music therapy for older adults.

Here’s another one of the top 10 benefits of music therapy for older adults, especially for those experiencing depression, anxiety, or grief. 

Life circumstances can bring up big, difficult feelings. Ignoring or stuffing those feelings can cause more pain and suffering. In music therapy, we can acknowledge and honor those difficult feelings in a way that releases some of their power.

This benefit can be especially helpful for those who cannot verbalize how they’re feeling because of aphasia, cognitive decline, or because these things are just hard to talk about.

Learn more in this video:

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Bonus video:

Songwriting is one way to honor and process difficult feelings. An example of how that might look is the song “Hands” that our team wrote to honor people who died during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Ready to explore the benefits of music therapy for yourself or someone you care for? Schedule your free consultation today.

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