7 Reasons Why Senior Living Facilities Should Incorporate Drumming As An Activity, by Steve Benedetto




Drumming is more than just music — it’s an engaging activity that is proven to reduce stress, alleviate pain and help keep you mentally active.  Research suggests that drumming is particularly beneficial to seniors and can even benefit symptoms of some mentally degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

This is why more and more older adult facilities offer drumming sessions in addition to more traditional activities such as dancing and art therapy.   Drumming not only stimulates older adults’ cognitive abilities, it also offers socialization, aids memory and can restore gross/fine motor movement.

Here are some other reasons drumming is beneficial to older adults:

•It’s Loud
Seniors with hearing trouble may not be able to hear traditional music enough to enjoy it. A drum is loud and powerful enough to create a notable tone that can be heard and felt.


•It’s Simple
Just about anyone can play a hand drum. There are also  paddle drumsframe drums and mallet cuffs which are ideal for those who are lacking the physical strength.


•It’s Expressive
Drumming is a form of expression that can act like an emotional anchor, letting residents drum out their feelings. It can be a very effective bonding and self-expressive therapy which other activities might not have.


•It’s Stimulating
Not only does drumming improve cognitive skills, it can also serve as a fantastic form of exercise.  Check out this article for further information on the physical benefits and how it is similar to a good workout.


•Promotes Health & Wellness
Music is beneficial to the body and mind by increasing one’s mood and reducing stress. Drums are the perfect music therapy for seniors because they can promotes health and wellness for those who might not be in the best of health.


•It’s Surprisingly Peaceful
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• It’s Fun
Drumming is not only therapeutic, it’s fun! Older adults and seniors love it because it gives them energy and makes them feel like a kid again.  Add music along with the drumming and it is a sure way to create a positive activity for your retirement home,



Are you interested in learning more about drumming with older adults?  



You might also be interested in this e-book for your residents, now available on Amazon.




Thank you.
7 Reasons Why Senior Living Facilities Should Incorporate Drumming As An Activity, by Steve Benedetto 7 Reasons Why Senior Living Facilities Should Incorporate Drumming As An Activity, by Steve Benedetto Reviewed by Respectful Beats™ on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Rating: 5

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