Music is a Miracle Medicine

20150716_144716_resizedHi this is Anthony Diaz. I know we keep talking about music however, our clients really do love it when the music director comes in with a handful of ukuleles and teaches them songs to either play or sing.

Music is a miracle medicine for people with memory problems. It is a prescription for positive mood and a cognitive workout of sorts. Studies have shown that after a 20 minute music session, the effects of it can last for several hours afterward. What exercise can do for the body music can do for the brain.

Music can also help the heart by reducing stress. Music is being recognized as alternative and complementary treatments for a variety of ailments including, memory loss, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, chronic pain, and other diseases.

Leslie Ford who helps them play music said, “Music triggers the area of the brain that releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of pleasure and these guys certainly feel pleasure when they discover they can play a chord or sing a song.”

Listening to music is important as well. It can help ease pain, and helps insomnia. People who listen to music in bed fall asleep much quicker and with less pain. Music is a great distracter from negative feelings and emotions, and even relieve symptoms. It stirs up our emotions and make us feel. It can certainly stimulate our imagination and take us away from pain and makes our body move.

Music at Rosa’s just makes our clients happy and alive and well. So for now, just keep on listening down the street who knows, you might hear the Rosa’s Chante Band playing.

Laughter is The Best Medicine

anthonyHi this is Anthony Diaz here at Rosa’s and I really want to share that laughter is such wonderful medicine. I know I talk about it a lot, and I, like so many others love to laugh. Right now for me, my grandson brings me so much joy and laughter watching him grow. Here at the home, we believe laughter is so vital. That is because we know laughter is important to the mind and soul.

Laughter is a healing tool really and at Rosa’s we are all about healing through laughter. Often you can find our residents or staff joking around. It is fun to watch them laugh and satisfying knowing that there are health benefits from laughing.

First of all a good giggle is a great antidote to stress and pain and quite frankly, nothing works faster and helps bring the mind and body into balance like a good chuckle. Other things laughter can do is boost the immune system, relax the body, help with anxiety and depression, creates energy, and helps build bonds between people.

“The old saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine”, holds true according to a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland who has discovered that through a research discovered those who laughed more had stronger hearts and had less heart attacks and needed fewer bypass surgeries.

One thing we tell our residents is to do fun things and be creative. This all makes them laugh some. We tell them to try to surround themselves with laughter. Finally we all know how important it is to just laugh and not take ourselves too seriously. So tell a joke, smile because at Rosa’s we have found laughter to be the best medicine.