Can Music Influence Healthy Aging?

Many of us have favorite songs that can help us relax after a hectic day or get us moving on the dance floor. Music can also be a powerful gateway to memory; for example, a song from our past may bring back memories that trigger strong emotions.  

Much more research is needed before any definitive conclusions can be drawn, but there is growing scientific interest in music’s effects on the brain and body as we age. NIA-funded scientists are actively exploring this area and conducting studies to examine questions, such as:   

  • Can music revive learning and memory function among older adults with memory impairments?  
  • How can listening to or creating music affect overall health and wellness?  
  • Can music reduce patient delirium among intensive care unit patients?    

Learn more about NIA-funded research on the potential of music as a therapy. 

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