Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Music and Aging

The International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry has this interesting study on how music can help protect brain health as we age.  Some details:

This study found that playing a musical instrument was associated with improved working memory and executive function in older adults, while singing and overall musical ability was also associated with more favourable performance. Continuing engagement with music into later life is also associated with better working memory function. Although more research is needed to investigate this relationship, our findings suggest that promoting the exposure to music during life can increase cognitive reserve and reduce the risk of cognitive impairment in older age.