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Music can be helpful in keeping the brain healthy as we age!

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London. A research has revealed that listening to music throughout life is related to better brain health of the elderly.

In the study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, researchers examined data from more than 1,000 adults over the age of 40 to look at the effect of playing a musical instrument or singing in a choir on brain health.

More than 25,000 people have signed up to the research, called ‘Protect’, which has been running for 10 years.

The findings showed that playing a musical instrument like the piano can improve memory and working ability, a skill that helps you solve complex problems.

Continuing it in later life provides even greater benefits. Research also suggests that singing is also linked to better brain health, however, this may also be due to the social factors of being part of a choir or group.

Professor of Dementia Research at the University of Exeter, UK. Anne Corbett said, ‘Our PROTEIN research has given us a unique opportunity to explore the relationship between cognitive performance and music in a large group of older adults. Overall we think that being musical may be a way to harness the brain’s flexibility, known as cognitive reserve.

More research is needed to examine this relationship, they said, but, our findings indicate that promoting music education is an important part of public health initiatives to promote a protective lifestyle for brain health. This will happen because, it will encourage older adults to return to music in later life.’

Additionally Corbett said that music group activities have been shown to be beneficial for individuals suffering from dementia and that this approach could be included in healthy aging packages for older adults to help them actively reduce their risk and To help boost their brain health.

–IANS

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