After what seemed like a very long wait, I finally got to see the sequel to one of my favourite films… Mamma Mia. It did not disappoint, the story was fab and the music was brilliant!
It got me thinking a bit though about how music is so important to us not only today but in past times, in fact probably as long as humans have been around! It can not only change our moods but it can have a real impact on how we dress, socialise and live our lives.
In fact, neuroscientists believe that music can evoke emotions – emotions, in turn can trigger recollection of memories. Music seems effective in re-activating the brains of people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, allowing them to remember something from their past.
How powerful is that!
We are proud that Apollo Care has recently been supporting a local business who specialise in music sessions. Working together, we have helped to introduce music sessions in specific dementia settings across our local communities in Wirral. This has been a great success and has been so enjoyed by the residents.
Music holds no boundaries; people of all ages; all backgrounds and all classes enjoy music and get so much pleasure out of listening to it and playing it. The benefits of music not only have an emotional effect but a physical affect too. It makes you feel alive and is good for your soul. The world would indeed be a boring place without it.
So, what’s your favourite kind of music? What gets you humming and tapping your feet? Is it jazz, classical, pop, country, rock or anything else in between? And, when you hear it, what emotions, memories and thoughts are provoked?
Whatever your choice of music is, in the words of Mark Twain “Sing like no one is listening, dance like no one is watching and live like it’s heaven on earth”