The other day I knocked out a post about the Power of Music, showing how much listening to music can have positive effects on Alzheimer patients. It’s a amazing to see the immediate reaction in the video.
But the power of music goes beyond listening. Playing music may have an even more profound effect. Perhaps staving off degenerative mental disorders like Alzheimers?
A bold assertion, but there is now scientific evidence that “lifelong musical experience has an impact on the aging process.” And “older musicians [have] a distinct neural timing advantage.”
Pretty cool article from ScienceDaily.com.
I’ve always dug great music, but I regret not learning how to play earlier in life. But the great news is that it’s never too late.
I’ve been trying to teach myself the harmonica for quite a while. It’s been a long road, but I’m making progress, and hopefully my efforts rub off on the kiddos.
Let’s start the love of music – listening and playing – early and often. It sure is powerful.
PS – To all you grandparents out there, get to playing. We want you around as long as we can have you.