Art Scott firmly believes in the power of Music and the healing it brings to our lives, including seniors and those with Special Needs.
Recent studies have shown that adults who take piano lessons can significantly reduce their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life. Playing the piano increases brain activity, which helps to improve memory, concentration, and mental agility. It also strengthens neural pathways in the brain responsible for learning new information and making creative connections between ideas. In addition to providing a stimulating outlet for creativity, playing the piano prevents or delays age-related cognitive decline. Therefore, taking up this instrument is enjoyable and beneficial for maintaining healthy brain function as we age.
Regular practice of the piano has been found to have a positive effect on overall mental and physical health. It can help reduce levels of stress, depression, and anxiety while increasing feelings of well-being and relaxation. Playing music also increases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps improve attention and motivation. Furthermore, studies show that patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia who are regularly exposed to music, especially piano music, experience an improvement in their condition. As such, musical activities should be encouraged as part of a comprehensive care plan for dementia patients.
In conclusion, playing the piano is a great way to stay mentally active and healthy as we age. It has been found to increase cognitive ability and improve overall mood. Furthermore, it can help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. For these reasons, taking up the piano is an excellent decision for anyone looking to preserve their mental health in later life.
Matziorinis et al. (2022) have positive comments and research to share their experience with Alzheimer’s disease and the tremendous joy when Music is used as a support treatment.
Matziorinis AM, Koelsch S. The promise of music therapy for Alzheimer's disease: A review. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2022 Oct;1516(1):11-17. doi: 10.1111/nyas.14864. Epub 2022 Jul 18. PMID: 35851957; PMCID: PMC9796133.