Now that Copley at Stoughton is opening up, we are able to book live music events for our residents and their guests on our outdoor patio. Our Activities Director, Cheryl Woodward, is scheduling performances at least once a week. In my mind, this is not just another step but a significant milestone, as music provides much more than entertainment for our residents.
Studies show that music is like a super fruit for the brain at any age.
It can easily improve your mood, is uplifting, can get you moving, and for some, religious and patriotic music can be particularly inspirational.
But music is also social, especially at Copley. Our live music events encourage everyone to get together, reducing isolation and boosting social contact. Everyone greatly appreciates this after such a long time of reduced contact!
Music can also do a surprising number of other things, such as boost creativity, improve language skills, manage pain, and even help people recover from illness or injury faster.
The overall snowball effects of music, socialization, and physiological benefits are reduced stress, better sleep, better overall health, and a brighter outlook. In turn, that leads to a better quality of life – and for many a longer life, too.
It’s been said that music heals the wounds that medicine cannot touch. It is so uplifting to again see residents and their guests singing along with their favorite entertainers. I’m so glad this is back!