Not only do the residents have a fun experience, but enjoy many of the proven health benefits including better circulation in the hands and body, loosening of stiff joints in the shoulders, arms and wrists and hands, less anxiety, increased vitality, and much more.
Drumming is an excellent activity for seniors, and has the power to awaken and enlighten anyone, no matter the age, musical background or disability. In a Lead With Rhythm drumming class, all residents at all functioning levels are able to participate, and are shown how to create their own music. As they feel the vibrations of the music, they smile and laugh, hands open and close, memories return, and often start singing and dancing.
Drumming can be performed while sitting, so people with difficulty being ambulatory can have an enjoyable and uplifting time creating music while getting in some very good exercise. For those who are not ambulatory, this is a superior way to improve overall health, provide stress relief and improve circulation.
Documented Benefits of Drumming for Seniors
- Decreased anxiety, confusion and depression
- Improved joint mobility and posture
- Improvement in language ability and communication
- Help with motor skills
- Helps to retrain the brain after neurological impairment such as Parkinsons or stroke
- Increased energy
- Improved immunity and increase of cancer fighting cells
- Having fun, and being in the moment
- Making new social connections
- Stress relief
- Senior Drumming classes are perfect for:
- Senior Centers
- Seniors with Alzheimer’s
- Day Programs
- Seniors with Dementia
- Retirement facilities
“With drumming, residents can satisfy an inherent need they have to be productive, which can cut down on some of the anxiety and confusion associated with dementia.”
~ Fannie Houlton, Arden Courts Nusing Facility
Recent studies regarding drumming
Numerous recent studies strongly indicate that participation in activities such as ensemble drumming diminish the effects of senile dementia, and may even prevent the onset of such disorders. Actual physical development of nerve pathways around the plaques and tangles found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients have been clinically observed in seniors who actively learn new skills.
In addition to the opportunity for essential social interaction, the physical exercise of playing the drum is extremely beneficial, especially to the upper body. Most importantly is our understanding that by challenging participants to learn and play new, exciting music we are helping to create new pathways for neuro-muscular function. Participants report improvement in general coordination, walking, speaking, sleeping, and thought process, and experience a boost in self-esteem and overall confidence.
One of the key benefits of drumming, especially for seniors, is the mental discipline involved. Lead With Rhythm encourages participants to express their creativity and develop skills in social and emotional development as well as musical and rhythmic understanding.
Drumming just works….
Drumming is fun and interesting, providing opportunities to connect with individuals who do not usually respond to other programs. Just the simple act of sitting down and making music together embodies the concepts of inclusion and unity while at the same time boosting creativity and confidence.
Physical limitations do not seem to matter with drumming. Seniors that have been stripped of their ability to move as they once did, think as they once did, or have fun as they once did, are profoundly affected by the drum.
Memory is stimulated, warmth returns to their hands, motion becomes less labored and smiles appear upon the faces of all that participate. The vibration of the drum alone is extremely healing no matter how hard one plays it.