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Music for LifeMusic Participation and Quality of Life for Senior Citizens$
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C. Victor Fung and Lisa J. Lehmberg

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199371686

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371686.001.0001

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The Role of Music in Senior Citizens’ Lives

The Role of Music in Senior Citizens’ Lives

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(p.104) Chapter 5 The Role of Music in Senior Citizens’ Lives
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Music for Life
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C. Victor Fung

Lisa J. Lehmberg

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371686.003.0005

This chapter further illuminates the role of music in the lives of the senior citizen music participants and nonparticipants by examining their perceptions of the physical, psychological, and social benefits received from music participation. From simple to profound, a continuum of benefits of music participation emerged, from enjoyment to social to health and well-being to survival. Though music participants and nonparticipants interacted with music and had experienced its benefits in different ways and on different levels, they were united in their view of music as a life enhancement for all. Overall, they believed that they enjoyed a good quality of life in Evergreen Town, and that music participation was an important element in the quality of life of those who chose to involve themselves in it.

Keywords:   health and well-being, music participants and nonparticipants, physical benefits, psychological benefits, quality of life, social benefits, survival, senior citizens

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