Published on April 03, 2017

Hitting all the right notes

The key to senior living.

Drop by any of the Mercy LIFE Day Centers, and you might see participants singing along to karaoke or dancing as a DJ spins records.

seniors playing pianoThey may be performing in a drum line or tapping their feet at a live concert. Or they could be exercising as music plays.

Music is a key part of every participant’s day at the Mercy LIFE Day Centers.

“Music helps our participants lead as full of a life as possible,” says Susanne Lesnik-Emas, Manager of Recreation Therapy for Mercy LIFE. “And it gives them joy every day.”

As any Mercy LIFE participant can confirm, you don’t have to be a musician to appreciate the power of music. It can soothe us and move us.

Music can also have a positive impact on our health. It can help:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Boost the immune system
  • Ease pain and stress
  • Reduce agitation in people with dementia
  • Motivate frail adults to move more

“Listening to music brings so many benefits to our Mercy LIFE participants,” Susanne says. “It helps lessen any physical or emotional stress our participants may face. And we also use it as a tool to enrich their lives.”