Music for the soul
Residents gathered on the Presbyterian Village patio on a beautiful evening to enjoy food, drinks and music by David Moses Byerly from the band the Barnstormers.
Before his visit, David suggested we put out a song request list for residents. When he came, he played a set list that he developed from the residents’ requests.
“It is always heartwarming and exciting to see someone’s face light up when they hear a favorite song from their youth or one that reminds them of friends and family,” David said.
Studies show that music can improve emotional, physical and cognitive well-being. Music therapy can offer some incredible benefits for the elderly, including:
- improving language and speech skills
- helping with memory processing and recall
- reducing symptoms of dementia and cognitive decline
- lowering stress and anxiety levels
- improving sleep quality
- boosting creativity and productivity
- promoting faster healing and managing physical pain
Presbyterian Village residents had a great time, and David did an amazing job! We couldn’t have asked for a better evening, either. We look forward to having David back to play again.