Published online by Cambridge University Press: 07 October 2021
We discuss how music may play a role in confronting age-associated health and wellness concerns. Common age-associated illnesses such as diabetes, depression, and pain and the benefits of music therapy are noted. The central focus of this chapter is on resiliency, the capacity to recuperate quickly; recovery, the return to wellness; and, personal growth, the process of gaining new insight, understanding, and adapting. Embracing a humanistic orientation, we explore how music gives vital meaning to life, aids in the recovery from surgery, and assists in managing illnesses. Scientific as well as personal descriptions of how music musical activities may bolster well-being and provide a path to illness management and recovery are offered. Examples of therapeutic approaches used in areas of neurocognitive disorders and with US military veterans are noted.