Playing a musical instrument can delay or even prevent dementia.
Scientists from the University of Exeter in Great Britain came to this conclusion in a study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
They analyzed data from 1,107 people over the age of 40 who had not previously been diagnosed with dementia. They compared their cognitive and musical abilities, writes Science Alert.
The results show that the indicators of brain functions are significantly better in those who were fond of playing musical instruments.
“In research, we have studied how music affects the health of the brain. We believe that playing music may be a way to preserve the agility and resilience of the brain, known as cognitive reserve” (the ability to maintain mental activity despite age-related changes in the brain – ed.),” said Anne Corbett, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Exeter.
Scientists believe that people with greater cognitive reserve, which is often formed through lifestyle and chosen activities, have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Despite the proven effects on brain function, other factors may also play a role. For example, people with a higher income can afford both music lessons and quality nutrition, which probably also has a positive effect on brain functioning.
Previous studies have also shown that playing musical instruments trains the brain and helps keep it in good shape.
“Although more research is needed to examine this relationship, our findings suggest that music education may be a valuable part of public health initiatives.” Corbett assured.
We previously reported that people who work hard physically have a higher risk of developing dementia and cognitive impairment.
Vira Shurmakevich, “UP. Life”
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