There are many evidences that play an instrument is good for health .
According to a study published by the American Psychological Association , playing an instrument as a child keeps the mind sharper as we age .
The study, conducted at the University of Kansas Medical Center, recruited 70 healthy adults between 60 and 83 years and were divided into groups according to their level of musical experience . Better resolved Musicians cognitive tests than individuals who had never studied an instrument. The brain functions measured by the tests are those that tend to decline with age.
" Musical activity throughout life may serve as a challenging cognitive exercise , making your brain stay fit and have a greater capacity to relolver the challenges of aging ," said lead researcher Brenda Hanna- Pladdy . " Since studying an instrument requires years of practice and learning , it may create alternate connections in the brain that could compensate for cognitive declines as we age . "
You also get the benefit when you start to play an instrument in adulthood. "Research shows that creating music can lower blood pressure , lower heart rate, reduce stress and reduce anxiety and depression. There is also increasing evidence that making music enhances the immune response , allowing us to fight against the virus , "according to Suzanne Hanser , chair of the music therapy department at Berklee College of Music in Boston ..
Hanser also states that any person, regardless of age or ability, can make music and benefit from it .
*Photography is my own violin, taken on a piano at the conservatory. (Photo by Sento Segarra)