Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Can musical activities promote healthy ageing?

Park, A-La ORCID: 0000-0002-4704-4874 (2015) Can musical activities promote healthy ageing? International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, 17 (1). pp. 258-261. ISSN 1522-4821

PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (369kB) | Preview


Background: As most of the baby boomer generation have now reached retirement age, there are increasing demands for long-term care services. Depression and psychological distress can be highly prevalent at advanced ages. Regardless of chronological age, it is important to have a decent quality of life as a human being by improving resilience. The present study aims to briefly look at the current evidence on the effects of musical activities on quality of life in older adults. Methods: A literature review was performed to explore current research evidence on different modalities of musical activities and outcomes among older adults. The search included English-language articles published in PubMed from January 1986 to May 2014. Studies were published in peer-reviewed journals and without country restriction. Supplementary searches were carried out and a – narrative synthesis was conducted. Results: Overall, musical activities such as listening to music, singing, and playing instruments can contribute to improving some aspects of quality of life in older people by increasing psychological wellbeing, life satisfaction, social health and decreasing anxiety and depression. Conclusion: There is a great potential for using musical activities as part of a cost-effective strategy to promote the well-being of healthy community-dwelling older people, as well as institutionalised older adults with dementia. Therefore, wider groups of older people with varying degrees of physical and mental capacities can be reached through more personalised musical activities. More studies using mixed methods are needed to confirm the economic benefits as well as to capture the richness of other dimensions for quality of life.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2015 © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 12:40
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:01

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics