There are plenty of studies which show that children can greatly benefit from playing a musical instrument, but it has also been found that this hobby comes with plenty of perks for people who take it up later in life too.
Research has shown that playing a musical instrument for just one hour a week will start to show benefits after 5 months, including improved eyesight, hearing, and hand control, making it the perfect new hobby for people in their later years.
The cognitive workout that playing a musical instrument provides is far more effective than any brain training game or app, which helps to improve memory, word recall and non-verbal memory. This can also play a part in building a defence against dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Finding ways to relax is very important as we get older, as leading a stress-free life has plenty of benefits, including building a stronger immune system and reducing blood pressure. Even listening to music has been found to lower stress levels, so playing a musical instrument is definitely a therapeutic hobby to have.
Playing a musical instrument can also help those who are trying to slow down the most common signs of aging, as by increasing the production of hGH (human growth hormone) this hobby can help to combat osteoporosis, wrinkling and general aches and pains.
For people looking to boost their social calendar, playing an instrument offers plenty of options, such as joining a band, playing as part of a group, or taking lessons. This also helps to relieve boredom, defend against depression, and prevent restlessness and loneliness, which can negatively affect people in their later years.
With these great benefits on offer, people of all ages should be encouraged to pick up a musical instrument and play their way to improved health and wellbeing.
Clarke Tinwhistle are the creators of the original tin whistle which has been the choice of beginners and professional musicians alike for over 170 years.