Can Sing-Alongs for the Elderly Help Boost Mental Health and Improve Memory?

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Believe it or not, becoming a singer, singing happy birthday and leading a sing-along might all be much more than joyful entertainment. Music therapy, which involves using songs to improve people’s physical and mental health, is an emerging field of medicine that’s showing promising results for elderly patients.

Many long-term care facilities host sing-alongs for the elderly both to raise the spirits of residents and to improve their health. Caretakers have noted that patients with dementia show great improvement after singing. But what does science say about just how effective music therapy can be?