December 22, 2020

Bravo! The Importance Of Music and Dance For Active Senior Living

“If music be the food of love, play on.” -William Shakespeare, “Twelfth Night” 

Meet Doris. Around here we call her “The Dancing Queen.”

Doris resides with us here at Tribute At One Loudoun. We celebrated her 105th birthday on November 30. Doris celebrated by cutting a rug. (It’s on video!)

Doris is the perfect symbol of the vivacious lifestyle Tribute aspires to provide to all our residents. She’s a lifelong lover of music, still grooving to the beat and quick to move her feet – even at 105 years young.

We think there’s a connection.

The Health Benefits Of Music and More

Here at Tribute At One Loudoun in Ashburn VA – a Cadence Living® community – music is a kind of therapy. With proprietary Symphony programs like Backstage At Cadence, In-Tune Fitness, Aria Arts, and the Cadence Choir, music is a very big part of life here. We encourage our residents, their friends and family, and all our neighbors around Ashburn to come join us in song and dance.

There’s a good reason why music is so pervasive in the culture of Tribute communities, especially our Revere Memory Care℠ Neighborhoods. It’s because listening to music is so strongly correlated with enhanced memory power – and music therapy is an especially useful way to improve brain function and enhance memory in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

Studies indicate that music is an effective treatment for dementia, with an article by Today’s Geriatric Medicine stating, “Music is used with older adults to maintain or increase their levels of physical, mental, social, and emotional functioning. Music used as a sensory and intellectual stimulation can help maintain a person’s quality of life or even improve it.”

Key brain regions associated with memories of music – like the notes of a favorite tune, or the hum of a simple melody – are often untouched by Alzheimer’s disease, and activating those areas with musical stimuli can relieve anxiety and stress.

Music Brings Back Memories

Music and memories go hand-in-hand. We all know how it feels to hear the opening notes of a familiar song and be instantly transported to a time long ago, bringing some wonderful moments back to life. Music makes a great memory aid.

But there’s more to it than that. Enjoying music – any music – has been shown to significantly boost a person’s mood as well as their memory. A February 2015 article published by Harvard Health says that music reactivates parts of the brain associated with memory, reasoning, emotion, speech, and feeling good.

“Two recent studies — one in the United States and the other in Japan — found that music doesn’t just help us retrieve stored memories, it also helps us lay down new ones,” it says.

We Love Our Musical Residents!

Doris is in great company here at Tribute. We have many more music-minded folks here at Tribute At One Loudoun – and when we share our love of music together, everyone benefits.

Music, The Key To Feeling Great

The philosopher Plato wrote, “Music gives wings to the mind.” Plato knew what he was talking about. There’s an unmistakable indication that music may be what helps brain function the most, especially for people in their golden years. Enjoy music more, enjoy life more.

As Ashburn’s premier active senior living community, music and dance are vitally important to Tribute At One Loudoun. Music makes life richer and our bonds stronger. So, whether you enjoy an upbeat tempo or a slower rhythm, Enjoy Life In The Key Of Beautiful® at a Cadence Living community.

Dance To Your Own Cadence

We invite you to experience the harmony of Tribute Senior Living for yourself. Contact us by email at Hello@TributeAtOneLoudoun.com or by phone at 571-252-8292 to orchestrate your visit. Plus, connect with Tribute At One Loudoun on Facebook.

Take a walk around our Independent Living Communities and our Memory Care Neighborhoods, and chances are you’ll hear music. Jazz, country, pop, rock, bluegrass, folk, classical – at Tribute, we play the hits and the deep tracks!

And you know Doris will keep on dancing.

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