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Forscher sagen, dass Singen und Spielen von Instrumenten mit einem besseren Gedächtnis im Alter verbunden sind

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Engaging with music can help a person overcome stress, anxiety, and high blood pressure, as well as improve sleep quality, mood, and mental alertness. In addition to these benefits, researchers behind a recently conducted large-scale study suggest that lifelong musical engagement may contribute to improving a person’s memory and brain health as they age.

The results of the study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry indicate that singing and playing a musical instrument, particularly the piano, are associated with improved memory and executive function of the brain. The researchers also found greater benefits for those who continue playing the instrument later in life.

„Active maintenance of the brain throughout life is associated with increased cognitive reserve, reducing the risk of cognitive impairment in old age. Previous research has identified a potential link between musicality and cognition,“ the researchers write.

The study was part of Protect, an online study group in the UK that explores healthy aging of the brain and the development of dementia. For the current study, researchers examined over a thousand adults over 40 to assess the brain health benefits of playing a musical instrument and singing in a choir.

The brain health benefits of singing may also be attributed to the social factors of belonging to a choir or group, the researchers said.

„A number of studies have looked at the impacts of music on brain health. Our Protect study has given us the unique opportunity to investigate the link between cognitive performance and music in a large cohort of older adults. Overall, we believe that music could be a way to harness the agility and resilience of the brain, known as cognitive reserve,“ said Anne Corbett, Professor of Dementia Research at the University of Exeter, in a press release.

„While further research is needed to examine this link, our findings suggest that promoting musical education would be a valuable component of public health initiatives to promote a protective lifestyle for brain health, as well as encouraging older adults to return to music later in life,“ Corbett added. „There is substantial evidence for the benefits of music group activities for people with dementia, and this approach could be expanded as part of a healthy aging package for older adults, allowing them to proactively reduce their risk and promote brain health,“ Corbett added.

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