Music and Aging

Many of us listen to music as a way to relax and unwind.  Now research shows that music may also offer health benefits. Recent studies have shown that music may protect again memory loss and cognitive decline, and also improve blood pressure, heart and breathing rate, and even muscle tone!  In addition, music may preserve our ability to discern between sounds, which is crucial to understanding and participating in conversation. 

Playing musical instruments may also offer benefits beyond simple enjoyment and creative expression.  One research study found that adults aged 60 to 85 who received piano lessons showed significant improvements in memory, verbal fluency, speed of processing information, and other cognitive functions. So, pull out those old instruments, pick up a new one, or go to a live music event to start exercising your mind- it will thank you in the years to come!