- New research suggests that playing active music may have a small but beneficial effect on cognitive function. Even in older people who already have dementia.
- Playing music works on many parts of the brain at the same time.
- Other important traits include staying alert and social. It can help reduce the risk of dementia.
Music works wonders for your mood. But did you know that music may help your brain get motivated too? in fact, playing Music—not just listening—has a positive effect on your perception. Even if you show signs of dementia New research suggests
for a new meta-analysis published in Journal of the American Elderly AssociationResearchers at the University of Pittsburgh examined nine studies involving 495 participants aged over 65 with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia. The study specifically assessed older adults with MCI who participated in improvisation. play existing music, sing, play musical instruments or make other forms of music
Mild cognitive impairment is defined as “Preclinical Conditions Between Normal Cognitive Aging and Alzheimer̵7;s Disease” Dementia It is a term used to refer to symptoms. related to age cognition is defined as “Debilitating disease It can drastically change the cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of a person’s life.”
Discovery? Music-making had a small but statistically significant effect on cognitive functioning such as thinking and memory, said lead author Jennie L. Dorris, Ph.D., a recovery science student and graduate student researcher. in the Department of Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.
That’s because playing music works on multiple parts of your brain at the same time. “You’re synchronizing the motor movements with the sounds you hear and the visual patterns of the written music,” explains Dorris. “Music is called It’s a ‘whole body workout’ for the brain, and we think it’s unique. because it runs multiple systems at the same time.”
Another advantage is Composing habits also have a positive effect on your mood and quality of life, so go ahead and play music. no matter how old you are “Since we have seen positive results from all the different music-making activities, We know that people have options and can choose activities they enjoy,” says Dorris. joining the drum For an online music class where you learn how to compose music. The important thing is that you are actively involved in the music-making process.”
Of course, reconnecting your basement’s dusty guitar collection is just one step you can take to keep your brain sharp. And the sooner it starts, the better: of the elderly who do not Already have Alzheimer’s disease, 15% of them are likely to have mild cognitive impairment. Researchers say up to 38% of them will develop Alzheimer’s within five years.
to reduce the risk of dementia It’s important to stay awake most days. eat mediterranean style Get social by connecting with your loved ones. and seek help for chronic health problems such as depression, high cholesterol. and sleep disorders All these pieces increase over time. Make your body and mind healthier for years to come.
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