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The Impacts of Music Therapy on Social Isolation
August 19, 2022
Social isolation is the physical separation of oneself from others either intentionally or unintentionally. Loneliness is the feeling of being alone, regardless of the amount of social contact (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021).
Music Share’s mission is to provide music therapy to prevent the symptoms of social isolation (Music Share, 2022).
By interacting with residents one-on-one, Music Share establishes meaningful relationships that fosters the well-being of residents. Studies have shown that forming social bonds with residents reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by about 30% and improves overall mental well-being (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2020). In addition, residents who experience loneliness and heart disease concurrently were likely to increase risk of hospitalization by 68% and are 4 times more likely to experience death (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2020). Tailoring music playlists induces a positive experience as it empowers the individual through mutual engagement in a social activity. Among the population of older individuals, it is crucial that we do not neglect their physical and mental well-being. Music therapy can mitigate this issue by reducing the complications of social isolation and loneliness (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2020).
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Music Share. (2022.). About Us. Retrieved from https://www.musicshareforseniors.ca National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020.
Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington, DC:
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