“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato
As part the Home Based services we provide, it was an amazing experience to witness Ratna Maya Thapa Aama who is in her 90’s, enjoy the session where our team members Ritchie and Pabitra introduced her to the Ukelele along with involving her in listening to music, singing and dancing.
“Seeing Aama hold the ukulele and plucking its string made me very happy. It made me realise that being able to play music is a gift and I should use it to impact other people’s lives as much as I can. Music truly is a universal language, everyone can speak and understand the language of music without any barriers!”-Ritchie Sampson
“My experience with Aama was beyond joyful – dancing/ moving along with the music, listening to old melodies made me realise that, even a simple act of ours, can bring brimming joy in other’s life. Aama’s cheerfulness, simplicity, innocence and warmth always makes us feel welcome even if someone is visiting for the first time. I hope to visit her every time with new and innovative ideas for her entertainment and overall wellbeing” – Pabitra Rai
Indeed, music can bring out the life in everything and lightens the mood of everyone around. Music is beneficial not only for the elderly, but for everyone. It helps in reducing stress, depression and anxiety level as well as strengthens learning and memory.
Dr. Laura Mosqueda, Director of Geriatrics at the University of California at the Irvine School of Medicine, explains that because music affects many areas of the brain, it stimulates pathways that may still be healthy. In other words, it keeps the brain healthy in old age and helps Alzheimer’s patient remember. According to the Vault at Music and Art, learning a new musical instrument can build self-esteem. It also alleviates stress, increases blood flow and improves breathing. Learning to play an instrument can happen at any age in life and the sense of accomplishment you get from learning to play as an adult can be even greater than what you may have had as a kid.
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