Music and Elderly


J. C. Leners


Bulletin of the Society of Medical Sciences of the Grand-Duche de Luxembourg




Since more than 3 decades now, music with seniors (or younger persons), either as an educational or recreational activity, but also as a therapeutically approach has progressed. Even nowadays, in the medical field, more and more studies prove its efficiency as complementary therapy with no known side-effects. The areas where music therapy has a positive outcome, reach from pulmonary disorders to a lot of neurological chronic diseases, including aphasia, dementia or Parkinson. And at the end of life, music therapy has found a remarkable place for expressing or supporting strong emotional feelings. Evidence-based results on physiological and hormonal changes will also be reviewed.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Depression; Elderly; Emotional Functioning; Mental Health; Music Therapy; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Parkinson's Disease

Indexed Terms

Accidental Falls; Elderly; Elderly; Aging; Alzheimer Disease; Aphasia; Depression; Europe; Gait; History, 18th Century; History, 19th Century; History, 20th Century; History, 21st Century; History, Ancient; Nervous System Diseases; Pain Management; Parkinson Disease; Postural Balance; United States

Study Type

Editorial, Opinions, Position Papers

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