The Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

Recent studies find that learning a musical instrument can be one of the best workouts for our mind and cognition. In addition, research shows that it can also benefit us physically as we age and of course we all know that music is good for the soul.

A study from Northwestern University reveals that musicians age 45 to 65 have better memory and hearing than non-musicians of the same age. The authors believe that music training “fine tunes” the nervous system and helps musicians sharpen their cognitive skills.1

A five-year study that involved music experts from universities across the country, known as the Music Making and Wellness Project, shows that the level of human growth hormone (HGH) increased in participants taking keyboard lessons. HGH usually decreases as we age. However, it is essential to slowing many aging conditions such as osteoporosis and loss of muscle mass.2

Several studies document the fact that listening to music or playing an instrument relaxes the mind and body, as well as reduces anxiety and depression. One specific study finds that playing a musical instrument reduces stress more than other traditional relaxing techniques such as reading.3

It’s never too late to learn something new…including how to play a musical instrument. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you.

    TRACY SACRE, RN       

Owner, President at Proof of Care

Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care
Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.

Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.

Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.

If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.

Sources:

  1. Clark A, Anderson S, Hittner E, Kraus N. Musical experience offsets age-related delays in neural timing. Neurobiology of Aging, 2012; 33 (7): 1483.e1–1483.e4.
  2. Koga M, Tims F. The Music Making and Wellness Project. American Music Teacher, 2005; 55 (2): 40.
  3. Bittman B, Berk L, Felten D, et al. Composite effects of group drumming music therapy on modulation of neuroendocrine-immune parameters in normal subjects. Alternative Therapies, 2001; 7 (1): 38-47.